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Open Research Area 6th Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals as part of the 6th call of the Open Research Area (ORA).

The sixth round of ORA is based on an agreement among the French National Research Agency (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).

With the goals of funding high quality research within their own countries and strengthening international cooperation by working with some of the best researchers internationally, ANR, DFG, ESRC and SSHRC are launching a sixth ORA call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects. The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four subscribing countries.

Proposals may involve any of the disciplines, thematic areas or approaches eligible for SSHRC funding. 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 also a special opportunity for co-operation with projects in Japan. With the aim of strengthening co-operation between researchers in Japan and ORA partners, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers a funding scheme to support projects that are associated with ORA. For details, please consult JPSP’s website (Japanese only) for the Japanese call.

This sixth ORA call will follow a two-stage procedure consisting of an outline proposal and a full proposal. Applicants who are successful at the outline stage will automatically progress to the full stage. Applicants will be invited to submit outline and full proposals at the same time, rather than waiting for the results of the outline stage.

National funding agencies will fund proposals according to their respective policies and regulations and the affiliation of the researchers. Canadian teams participating in successful ORA 6 international projects will be funded by SSHRC based on the funding request outlined in the SSHRC National Financial Form.

ESRC is the coordinating agency for this round. All relevant documents for this funding opportunity are available on ESRC’s website. All proposals for this call will be submitted through the ESRC’s Joint Electronic Submissions system (Je-S). The Je-S system is in English only. However, competition materials (see ORA 6 call documents below) are available in French upon request, and SSHRC-eligible applicants can submit their proposals through the Je-S system in English or French. Applicants who wish to write their proposal in French must contact SSHRC in advance for more details.

Deadline for the submission of proposals is September 11, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (11:00 a.m. eastern). Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

ORA 6 call documents

The full call specifications and other important guidance documents can be found on the ESRC website, in English only.

The following ORA 6 call documents are available in French upon request (see contact information below):

  • ESRC webpage announcement
  • Call Specification
  • Je-S Guidance for Applicants
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Je-S Application Checklist
  • Former submissions and resubmissions template
  • Project participants template
  • Total budget and a short summary of costs template

ORA 6 SSHRC-specific documents:

Webinar for potential applicants

We will hold two webinars in English and one in French for potential applicants to this call on July 3, 2019. We strongly encourage you to participate in one. The webinars 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, the two identical English webinars will be held at 10:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (5:00 a.m. eastern) and 3:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (10:00 a.m. eastern). A French webinar will be held at 1:00 p.m. eastern. Each webinar will last about one hour.

For the English webinars, spaces will be limited. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to register your interest early by emailing When registering your interest, please indicate which webinar time you wish to join. For the French webinar, please indicate your interest by emailing

Registration for the English webinars will close on June 21, 2019. Registration for the French webinar will close on June 28, 2019.

Contact information

For more information, contact:

Mika Oehling
Program Officer
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
Tel: 613-943-6001