ICT Mediterranean platform for UNESCO cultural heritage



Thematic Objectives: A.2 – Support to education, research, technological development, and innovation (Promote economic and social development)

Priority: A.2.1 – Support technological transfer and commercialization of research results



iHeritage is an EU funded ENI CBC MED project that aims to advocate and increase the level of understanding of the joint Mediterranean UNESCO and intangible heritage. It will foster cross-border technological transfer, industry-academia collaboration, creation of Living Labs and spin-offs as well as the development of new products for improvement and enrichment.

By using Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR), and the latest available ICT technologies, iHeritage will be able to create an innovation-driven growth process for an extensive list of stakeholders and foster the active involvement of young people, females and those not in employment, education or training (NEETs) from 6 Mediterranean counties: Italy, Egypt, Spain, Jordan, Lebanon, and Portugal.

The project runs for 30 months in which various activities and outputs will directly contribute to increased employment opportunities, support collaborations among universities and industry, support SMEs, start-ups and spin-offs. Training services will tackle skill mismatches in the work field. The general public will sense the valuable contribution of the EU funded project through visibly enhanced access to UNESCO cultural heritage on-and off-site, the establishment of the ‘Regional Centre for Safeguarding and Valorisation of Mediterranean Intangible Cultural Heritage (CRESPIEM)’, job opportunities, and cross-border ICT platforms.

iHERITAGE impact will generate a concrete improvement in the access to UNESCO cultural heritage, on-site and off-site, in addition to the creation of cross-border ICT platforms, the establishment of the Regional Centre for Safeguarding and Valorisation of Mediterranean ICH (CRESPIEM), to be recognized under Category 2 of UNESCO, and a significant rise in the employment rate in the creative industry, thanks to the development of training courses and SMEs.


  • 18 Research Agreements aimed at strengthening people-institutions-industry-academia collaboration
  • 30 Establishing of spin-offs and newco dedicated to co-patenting and commercialization of innovative products
  • 76 Creation of innovative products/services – technology transfer of innovative solutions (46 new products by the project + 30 selected)
  • 46 Prototyping and testing within the Living Labs of the innovative products and services created by the project
  • 30 Events of commercialization of new products and services based on AR/VR/MR technologies and the use of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Autonomous Database and Big Data
  • 6 High training courses
  • 400  Beneficiaries of training courses
  • 15  Co-publications produced in the Living Labs
  • 18 Co-patents aimed at developing innovative and marketable ICT products
  • 1 ICT Mediterranean Platform for the Valorisation of cross border Cultural heritage through AR/VR/MR
  • 1 Mediterranean Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage



  • Applicant: Sicilian Region – Department of Tourism (Italy).
  • Partners no.1: Network of Castles and Medieval Towns (Italy).
  • Partners no.2: Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations – CEEBA (Egypt),
  • Partners no.3: Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry – ASCAME (Spain).
  • Partners no.4: Jordan Society for Scientific Research, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity – JSSREC (Jordan).
  • Partners no.5: General Department of Antiquities of Jordan – DOA (Jordan).
  • Partners no.6: Lebanese American University – LAU (Lebanon – PP6).
  • Partners no.7: University of Algarve – UAlg (Portugal)
  • Partners no.8: Andalusian Public Foundation El Legado Andalusí (Spain)
  • Partners no.9: University of Palermo – Department of Architecture (Italy)



  • Sicilian Region – Regional Department of Productive Activities (Italy)
  • Ministry of Culture, Lebanon- Directorate General of Antiquities (Lebanon)
  • Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO (Lebanon)
  • CNR – ITABC, Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage (Italy)
  • Municipality of Byblos-Jbeil (Lebanon)
  • Region of Algarve – Department of Tourism (Portugal)

Duration: 30 months

Total budget value: € 3.874.287,06

Co-Financing Rate: 10.0%

Websites and Social Media:

website: www.enicbcmed.eu.

Facebook: Jordan Society for Scientific Research (JSSR)

LinkedIn: (JSSREC) Jordan Society for Scientific Research

Twitter: Jordan Society for Scientific Research (JSSREC)

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