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Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

ORA is an agreement between the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (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 aware that some of the best research can be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally, ANR, DFG, ESRC and NWO are launching a fifth common call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in the 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 (excluding bilateral applications from French-German teams). 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.

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 again 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 3 of the Call text.

The ORA funding programme underwent an evaluation in 2016. Results of this evaluation can be found in the download area below.

Please note that the average success rate across the previous four calls was 10%. The available budgets of the funding agencies for this call will not change significantly.

For this call, a two stage procedure was implemented. All applicants received a brief assessment of their Outline Proposal. The shortlisted applicants were invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Submission of Full Proposals

There will be one single integrated proposal per project. DFG is the coordinating agency for this round. Full Proposals must be submitted via the DFG's electronic proposal submission system "elan" at Externer Linkhttps://elan.dfg.de. If you are not familiar with the elan-system, please refer to the manual in the download area below.

Deadline for the Submission of Full Proposals:
31 January 2018 until 13.00 CET.

Only complete and timely submitted applications will be considered.


All Main Applicants, Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators have to be registered with elan in order to be able to submit a proposal.