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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 are launching a fourth common call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in social sciences. The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least two of the four participating countries – in any combination of two to four countries. The partner organisations will conduct a co-ordinated peer review and a single common selection process. Funding will be distributed among the partners according to the place of work of the researchers, and generally according to the funding rules of each individual agency (with some exceptions detailed below).

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. Applicants who are uncertain of whether their proposal would be eligible should contact the relevant national agencies for clarification.

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.

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.

Submission of Project Proposals

ANR is the coordinating agency for this round. All applications must be submitted electronically via There will be one single integrated proposal per project. Please note that any applications not submitted via cannot be considered. Also, only completed and timely uploaded applications will be considered.

Deadline for the submission of proposals:

The program is being evaluated at the moment. The next call is not expected to open before the second half of 2016.

For the complete call documents, please see

Please note, that German applicants are requested to additionally submit the German application's part via DFG elan portal (electronic platform for submission).

The Principal Investigator (PI) of the German application's part is in charge. The submission has to be done within one week after the submission date via the ORA online application system at ANR. All documents uploaded via the ORA online application must be identical to those uploaded via ANR homepage.

Furthermore, please note,

  • only those German participating researchers are considered to be an applicant who request money; these applicants are to be listed as "team coordinator" according to the call; one of them must act as national PI,
  • that, opposed to the previous calls, any applicant can only be involved in ONE application in the current round, in any capacity,
  • you are not supposed to fill in all the international co-operation partners via elan (you are only requested to indicate the international applicants),
  • and indicate, in case you submit a revised ORA application.

In terms of the eligibility, proposal modules and budget please see form 50.01 Guidelines Research Grants Programme [10/11]:

For further information, please see the FAQ.

If you have any questions, please contact

If you have any questions, concerning uploading the proposal via ANR electronic portal, please contact:

For international applicants: Please turn to your national funding agency.

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