Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 67 | 3. August 2021

Open Research Area for the Social Sciences

Seventh Call for Proposals 2021

Seventh Call for Proposals 2021

The seventh round of the Open Research Area (ORA) is based on an agreement between the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council of UK Research and Innovation (ESRC, UK), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada).

In order to strengthen international cooperation 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 SSHRC are launching a seventh ORA call for proposals 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 three of the four subscribing countries – in any combination of three or four countries.

Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences. However, the disciplinary coverage varies 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 ORA partners, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), as the national funding organisation of Japan, renews the funding scheme to support projects, which are associated with ORA.

ORA 7 will have a new format as compared to earlier ORA iterations: the call will follow a one-stage, one-application procedure consisting of a full proposal.

Funding will be distributed among the national agencies according to the affiliation of the researchers, and according to the funding rules of each agency.

How to Apply

Deadline for the submission of proposals is Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 16:00 (CET). Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. ANR is the coordinating agency for this round. All proposals for this call will be submitted through the ANR Electronic Submission System SIM.

Webinar for potential applicants

We will hold a webinar for potential applicants to this call on 22 September 2021, which we strongly encourage you to attend. The webinar will be open to participants from around the world, and will provide information and guidance from the funders on the requirements of the call as well as an opportunity for questions and answers. To allow for different time zones we will be holding two identical webinars at 13:00 CET (7:00 ET) and 20:00 CET (14:00 ET), which will each last approximately one hour.

Further Information

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding, which can be viewed and downloaded at:

If necessary, please also forward this information to those individuals whose data will be processed by the DFG due to their involvement in your project.

For details on the JSPS cooperation please see the JSPS website for the Japanese call:

The complete call documents can be found on the ANR homepage (call secretariat):

All queries relating to this call should be directed to the call Secretariat at:

Information on previous calls is available on the DFG homepage:

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Canada, SSHRC

France, ANR

Germany, DFG

United Kingdom, ESRC

Japan, JSPS