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Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

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 (ESRC; UK) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC; Canada).

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, the UK), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada).

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 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 organization 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.

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

Webinar for potential applicants

In September the funders held webinars for potential applicants to this call from around the world:

Webinar Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (ORA), 22.09.2021

DFG-specific information

Please consult the Guidelines and Proposal Preparation Instructions for Individual Research Grants for further information on eligibility.

Merkblatt Programm Sachbeihilfe, Link auf PDF-DateiGerman and Link auf PDF-DateiEnglish

In line with its Individual Research Grants Programme, DFG does not specify a maximum limit to the amount of funding that can be requested. However, please keep in mind that this is a research grant, not a Research Unit or a Collaborative Research Centre.

DFG’s regulation concerning First Time Applicants will not be taken into account for this call.

All applicants requesting funding from DFG are required to additionally submit their ORA proposals through the DFG’s elan system (Externer Linkhttps://elan.dfg.de). Proposals with German applicants that are not entered into elan will be rejected.

Please note the following instructions for submission:

  • Deadline for elan submission: 17 November 2021, 23:59 h
  • Funding scheme: Individual Grants Programme/Research Grant (Sachbeihilfe)
  • Call to select: ORA VII 2021
  • Acronym: Please make sure to include the acronym you selected in SIM.
  • Title and Summary: You do not have to translate either from English into German. Just copy/paste your English title and summary into the boxes that call for the information in German.
  • PIs from the other participating countries are to be added as “Participating Individuals” in the role of “Cooperation Partner”. Any person listed as cooperation partner in the form “ORA 7 Project participants” should not be entered into elan at all.
  • All documents submitted to SIM are to be uploaded to elan as well.
  • DFG-specific documents (e.g. statement from the potential employer for Temporary Positions for PI or the statement by the university for the Replacement Module) need only be submitted to elan, not to SIM.

Further information

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding, which can be viewed and downloaded at Interner Linkwww.dfg.de/privacy_policy. 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 co-operation please see the JSPS website for the Japanese call:

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

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