Information for Researchers, No. 98 | December 11, 2020

Five Countries to Collaborate on Latest Open Research Area Call

The nature of society and equality across age groups, industry, habitats and public policy are among 13 exciting new projects, which will enable researchers in Canada, France, Germany, the UK and Japan to collaborate on the social sciences and further strengthen international cooperation. Funded by the Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (ORA), which aims to minimise bureaucracy in international research, the projects are delivered by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR; France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; Germany), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC; Canada) and UKRI Economic and Social Research Council (UKRI ESRC; UK). They will associate with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), who, as in the previous ORA rounds, have already established a process for Japanese researchers to participate in complementary projects.

The 13 projects are:

Atmospheres of (Counter) Terrorism in European Cities
Sara Fregonese, University of Birmingham (GB); Damien Masson, Université de Cergy-Pontoise (FR); Simon Runkel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (DE)

Beyond “Left Behind Places”: Understanding Demographic and Socioeconomic Change in Peripheral Regions
Danny MacKinnon, Newcastle University (GB); Vincent Béal, Université de Strasbourg (FR); Tim Leibert, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig (DE)

Cognitive Training Effects across the Adult Lifespan: A Diffusion Modelling Approach
Claudia von Bastian, University of Sheffield (GB); Tilo Strobach, Medical School Hamburg (DE); Sylvie Belleville, Université de Montréal (CA)

Fiscal Citizenship in Migrant Societies: An International Cross Country Comparison
Lynne Margaret Oats, University of Exeter (GB); Martin Fochmann, Freie Universität Berlin (DE), Dirk Michael Kiesewetter, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (DE), Hans-Joachim Lauth, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (DE), Ralf P. Schenke, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (DE); Kim-Lee Tuxhorn, University of Calgary (CA)

Frames in Production: Actors, Networks, Diffusion (FRAMENET)
Ece Atikcan, University of Warwick (GB); Anna Holzscheiter, Technische Universität Dresden (DE); Jean-Frédéric Morin, Université Laval (CA)

GEP Analysis: Assessing, Understanding, and Modelling the Impact of Gender Equity Policies (GEP) in the Film Industry
Skadi Loist, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (DE), Elizabeth Prommer, Universität Rostock (DE); Doris Ruth Eikhof, University of Leicester (GB); Deb Verhoeven, University of Alberta (CA)

Linking National and Regional Income Inequality: Cross-Country Data Harmonisation and Analysis
Neil Lee, London School of Economics and Political Science (GB); Gregory Verdugo, Université Evry Val-d’Essonne (FR); Luis Bauluz, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (DE), Filip Novokmet, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (DE), Moritz Schularick, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (DE); Sébastien Breau, McGill University (CA)

MAPHIS: Mapping History – What Historical Maps Can Tell Us about Urban Development
Yanos Zylberberg, University of Bristol (GB); Laurent Gobillon, Paris School of Economics (FR); Stephan Heblich, University of Toronto (CA)

Muslim-Jewish Encounter, Diversity and Distance in Urban Europe: Religion, Culture and Social Model (ENCOUNTERS)
Ben Gidley, Birkbeck College (GB); Anne-Sophie Lamine, Université de Strasbourg (FR); Matthias Koenig, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (DE), Steven Vertovec, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (DE)

Police Accountability – Towards International Standards (POLACS)
Hartmut Aden, Berlin School of Economics and Law (DE), Tobias Singelnstein, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (DE); Christian Mouhanna, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (FR); Anja Johansen, University of Dundee (GB); Marc Alain, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (CA); Chikao Uranaka, Kyoto Sangyo University (JP; JSPS associate partner)

Prosocial Development across Childhood: Towards a Comprehensive Mechanistic Framework
Nikolaus Steinbeis, University College London (GB); Markus Paulus, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (DE); Kristen Dunfield, Concordia University (CA)

Public Policy in Food Markets: Understanding Advertising and Choice Inter-dependencies
Martin O’Connell, Institute for Fiscal Studies (GB); Pierre Dubois, Toulouse School of Economics (FR); Helena Perrone, Universität Mannheim (DE)

Shaping 21st Century AI. Controversies and Closure in Media, Policy, and Research
Christian Katzenbach, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft Berlin(DE); Donato Ricci, Sciences Po (FR); Noortje Marres, University of Warwick (GB); Jonathan Roberge, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (CA)

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Notes for editors

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)
The DFG ( is the central, self-governing research funding organisation in Germany. Its mission is to fund and promote all fields of science and the humanities. It does so by relying on its statutory bodies and its Head Office, which shape the work and structure of the DFG. In an international context, the DFG is a member of several scientific and science policy associations, thus contributing to international dialogue, cooperation among researchers, and to the formation of a European Research Area.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The ESRC ( is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. The ESRC is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policymakers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. UK Research and Innovation ( is a new body, which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. They work with their many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, French National Research Agency)
The ANR ( provides funding for project-based research in all fields of sciences. Employing a method based on competitive peer reviews that complies with international standards, ANR attaches great importance to providing the scientific community with instruments and conditions that promote creativity and openness, and stimulate new ideas and partnerships, particularly between the public and private sectors. Its activity also contributes to enhancing the competitiveness and the influence of French research in Europe and across the world. Since 2010, ANR has also been the principal operator of the Investments for the Future programme in the field of higher education and research. In this role it ensures the selection, funding and monitoring of projects relating to the centres of excellence, health, biotechnologies, and the transfer of technology and the creation of value from research.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) ( is the Canadian federal research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary-based research and research-training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its Talent, Insight and Partnerships Programs, SSHRC supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world. SSHRC also oversees tri-agency programmes on behalf of the three federal research granting agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and SSHRC itself, including the New Frontiers in Research Fund (, which supports international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research.