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Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

An opportunity for integrated, collaborative projects between researchers from France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Germany based on an agreement between the ANR (France), DFG (Germany), ESRC (UK), and NWO (Netherlands).

In order to strengthen international co-operation in the field of social sciences, wishing to fund high quality scientific research within their own countries, and conscious that some of the best research can be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally, ANR, DFG, ESRC and NWO have already run four common calls for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in social sciences.

The scheme provides funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least two of the four participating countries – in any combination of two to four countries. (Please note that Franco-German bilateral projects will be funded under the ANR-DFG scheme for Social Sciences and Humanities and are therefore excluded from this call.) The partner organisations will conduct a co-ordinated peer review and a single common selection process. Funding is distributed among the partners according to the place of work of the researchers, and generally according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences. However, the disciplinary coverage may vary according to the involvement of the national agencies.

There is a special opportunity for cooperation with projects in Japan: With the aim to strengthen cooperation between researchers in Japan and Europe, JSPS as the national funding organization of Japan has established a funding scheme to support projects, which are associated with ORA. For details, see page of the call text of the previous fourth call.

Submission of Project Proposals

The program has been evaluated successfully in 2016. As a result, the partner organizations currently are planning for the next call. DFG will be the coordinating agency for this call. We expect to be able to publish a pre-announcement of the call in February. Most likely, the essential features of the next call are going to be the same as for the fourth call.

For the call documents of the previous fourth call, please see

For further information, please see the FAQs of the previous round.

If you have any questions, please contact

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