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Information for Researchers No. 66 | 28 September 2018
Researchers Funded for Collaborative Projects across Europe and Japan

€17 million has been awarded to 16 teams of researchers to allow academics in Europe and Japan to collaborate on a range of exciting projects that will push the boundaries of our understanding of individual and social behaviour with a view to influencing policymaking and practice.

The funding has come from the Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (ORA); a scheme collaboratively delivered by the national funding organisations of France, Germany and the Netherlands, as well the Economic and Social Research Council, representing the UK. ORA is a well-established scheme that aims to strengthen international cooperation in the social sciences by minimising bureaucratic obstacles and restrictions that are usually associated with international funding. The four ORA agencies were pleased to associate with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, as in the previous round, which has enabled Japanese researchers to participate in complementary projects alongside ORA-funded proposals. Three projects involving Japanese collaborations will be funded.

This was the fifth ORA open call since the scheme was introduced in 2010. A positive programme evaluation undertaken in 2016 recommended that the scheme should continue with some amendments, including implementing a two-stage procedure. Applicants were asked to submit outline applications. These were then assessed by an expert panel. The highest quality applications were then invited to submit a full proposal. 63 project teams were invited to submit to the second stage. These proposals underwent a peer review process and were then assessed by a panel of international academics experts. The following 16 projects will be funded for up to three years:

  • Ambiguity in Dynamic Environments
    Sujoy Mukerji, Queen Mary University of London (GB); Frank Riedel, Bielefeld University (D); Jean-Marc Tallon, Paris School of Economics (F); Atsushi Kajii, Kyoto University (JP) (JSPS associate partner)
    Discipline: Economic Theory
  • Climate Adaptation Policy Lock-ins: a 3 x 3 Approach
    Dave Huitema, Open University of the Netherlands (NL); Bernd Siebenhüner, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (D); John Turnpenny, University of East Anglia (GB)
    Disciplines: Political Science, Geography
  • Determinants of ‘Mobilisation’ at Home and Abroad: Analysing the Micro-Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest
    Olga Onuch, University of Manchester (GB); Gwendolyn Sasse, Centre for East European and International Studies (D); Jacquelien van Stekelenburg,
    Free University Amsterdam (NL); Sorana Toma, Université Paris Saclay (F)
    Disciplines: Political Science, Empirical Social Research
  • Facilitating Self-Regulated Learning with Personalized Scaffolds on Student’s Own Regulation Activities
    Maria Bannert, Technical University Munich (D); Dragan Gasevic,
    University of Edinburgh (GB); Inge Molenaar, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL)
    Disciplines: Education, Psychology, Computer Science
  • Hidden Brain States Underlying Efficient Representations in Working Memory
    Elkan Akyurek, University of Groningen (NL); Nikolai Axmacher,
    Ruhr-University Bochum (D); Mark Stokes, University of Oxford (GB)
    Discipline: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • How Are Varying Care Systems Associated with Inequalities in Care and Well-Being in Later Life?
    Martina Brandt, Technical University Dortmund (D); Marjolein Broese van Groenou, Free University Amsterdam (NL); Karen Glaser, King’s College London (GB); Yoko Ibuka (JP) (JSPS associate partner)
    Discipline: Empirical Social Research
  • Oversight and Intelligence Networks: Who Guards the Guardians?
    Leonie Ansems de Vries, King’s College London (GB); Claudia Aradau, King’s College London (GB); Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche, Université de Lyon III (Jean Moulin) (F); Didier Bigo, Sciences Po (F); Jeanette Hofmann, Berlin Social Science Center (D); Thorsten Wetzling, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (D)
    Disciplines: Political Science, Sociological Theory, Empirical Social Research, Public Law
  • Production and Perception of Expressions of Emotions in Humans and Their Closest Relatives
    Zanna Clai, Durham University (GB); Mariska Kret, University of Leiden (NL)
    Discipline: Psychology
  • Staying in the Rural: Contemporary Life Couse Related Senses of Belonging, Mobility and Rural Community Participation
    Tialda Haartsen, University of Groningen (NL); Annett Steinführer, Thünen Institute (D); Aileen Stockdale, Queen’s University Belfast (GB)
    Discipline: Geography
  • Stress Effects on Memory Accuracy versus Generalisation: Testing a New Model Based on Influencing the Temporal Dynamics of Memory Consolidation
    Benno Roozendaal, Radboud University Nijmegen (NL); Oliver Tobias Wolf,
    Ruhr-University Bochum (D)
    Discipline: Psychology
  • The Active Observer
    Eli Brenner, Free University Amsterdam (NL); Katja Fiehler, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen (D); Simon Rushton, Cardiff University (GB)
    Discipline: Psychology
  • The Development of Inequalities in Child Educational Achievement: a Six Country Study
    Renske Keizer, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL); Thorsten Schneider, University Leipzig (D); Anne Solaz, Institut National d’Étude Démographique (F); Elizabeth Washbrook, University of Bristol (GB); Sabine Weinert, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg (D); Hideo Akabayashi, Keio University (JP) (JSPS associate partner)
    Discipline: Empirical Social Research
  • The Nature of Political Representation in Times of Dealignment
    Rosie Campbell, Birbeck University of London (GB); Tom Louwerse,
    Leiden University (NL); Thomas Zittel, Goethe-University Frankfurt (D)
    Discipline: Political Science
  • Towards Realistic Computational Models of Social Influence Dynamics
    Klaus Boehnke, Jacobs University Bremen (D); Guillaume Deffuant, Irstea (F); Bruce Edmonds, Manchester Metropolitan University (GB); Andreas Flache,
    University of Groningen (NL)
    Disciplines: Empirical Social Research, Psychology, Political Science
  • What Is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production
    Patrick Le Gales, Centre d’Études Européennes (F); Michele Raco, University College London (GB); Tuna Tasan Kok, University of Amsterdam (NL)
    Disciplines: Spatial Planning, Geography, Political Science
  • Work Hard, Play Hard. Neuropsychological Correlates and Behavioral Implications of Hedonic Compensation
    Lotte van Dillen, Leiden University (NL); Wilhelm Hofman, Cologne University (D);
    Henk van Steenbergen, Leiden University (NL)
    Discipline: Psychology

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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)

The DFG (www.dfg.de) 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 (https://esrc.ukri.org) 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 (www.ukri.org) 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.

French National Research Agency (ANR)

The ANR (www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr) 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.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

The NOW (www.nwo.nl) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than €500 million per year. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science by selecting and funding the best research. It manages research institutes of national and international importance, contributes to strategic programming of scientific research and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute. More than 5000 scientists can carry out research because of funding by NWO. 20 percent of the funds and the projects are related to social and behavioural sciences.


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