Provide an integrated picture of the state-of-the-art of cultural heritage research in the European Member States and at the European level;
1) Overcome the lack of a coordinated research structure in this specific and multidisciplinary sector. With Programmes fostering integration between the art-history-conservation-maintenance-restoration areas and the architectural-chemical-physics-engineering areas;
2 ) Limit fragmentation within, and among, national research programmes by identifying common strategic priorities for research and cultural heritage programmes;
3) Create effective actions to stimulate the exploitation of research results, and underpin cooperation between researchers and cultural heritage institutions for the application of identified solutions;
4) Face problems due to insufficient and dispersed funding, in terms of local level and size of funding, compared to other research sectors;
5 ) Favour exchange between national programmes and European work programmes, in order to avoid a single top-down approach.