On 29 June 2015, the second phase of the EHRI project officially started with a kick-off meeting in Brussels. NIOD is coordinator of EHRI.
On 26 March, the first phase of the project resulted in the Presentation in Berlin, where the EHRI portal, that gives online access to dispersed Holocaust sources, was launched. On this day, Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, also officially announced the great news that EHRI was selected for further funding under Horizon2020, the current research and innovation funding programme of the EU. The second phase will take four years.
Sustain and expand
In this second phase EHRI will first sustain and expand its current work. More Holocaust institutions will be invited to participate and connect their collections to the portal. New research tools will be implemented.
EHRI is led by a consortium of 23 partners. Some of them have remained from the first phase, but 10 are new. Focus is on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
EHRI will continue its training activities with more workshops, conferences, and online courses and tutorials. The new EHRI fellowship programme allows for more flexibility in several aspects: the duration of a fellowship, bigger choice in institutions, an open call, and also candidates who are not affiliated to a university, e.g. archivists, curators, can now apply.