Open Research Area plus (ORA plus) for the Social Sciences
An agreement between the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the Nederlands Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Netherlands), and the National Science Foundation
After successful calls in 2010, and 2011 the Open Research Area (ORA) partners are pleased to announce their third joint call for proposals, due to open this winter. The current partners (ANR, DFG, ESRC, NWO) in ORA are delighted to be able to welcome the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the 2013 round of the scheme, thus establishing the ORA plus scheme, allowing US researchers to collaborate in ORA projects. Through this expansion, lots of new researchers will be available for cooperation in ORA applications, offering interesting opportunities to work together on a wider scale.
This change means that there are now five countries participating in the next call: France, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.
Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences involving researchers from any combination of three or more of the participating countries. Unlike previous rounds, ORA plus will not accept applications for proposals from only two countries. In this pilot phase of ORA plus, this is necessary to manage demand for what is already a very popular scheme, and ensure proposals can be assessed in a reasonably timely fashion. The partners will continue to review the response to the scheme and consider in future what steps may be taken to support bilateral research collaboration through ORA or other mechanisms.
The 2013 ORA plus round will be coordinated by NWO.
The call for proposals is now open.
The closing date is 15 February 2013.