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Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences

ORA is 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 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Netherlands).

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, in 2017 ANR, DFG, ESRC and NWO launched a fifth common call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in the social sciences. The scheme provides funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least two of the four participating countries, in any combination of two to four countries (excluding bilateral applications from French-German teams). The partner organisations conducted a co-ordinated peer review and a single common selection process. Funding is distributed among the partners according to the place of work of the researchers, and generally according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

Proposals were submitted in any area of the social sciences. However, the disciplinary coverage may vary according to the involvement of the national agencies.

There was again a special opportunity for cooperation with projects in Japan: With the aim to strengthen cooperation between researchers in Japan and Europe, JSPS as the national funding organization of Japan has established a funding scheme to support projects which are associated with ORA.

The results of this 5th ORA call can be found in the download area below.

The ORA funding programme underwent an evaluation in 2016. Results of this evaluation can also be found in the download area.

Download Area:

5th Call for Proposals and proposal templates


Germany, DFG:

France, ANR:

United Kingdom, ESRC:

Canada, SSHRC: