Open Research Area 8th Call for Proposals

ORA 8 Call literature on Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) website
Value Up to $600,000; maximum $200,000 per year
Duration 2 to 3 years
Application deadline November 14, 2023, 5:00 p.m. eastern (11:00 p.m. central European time)
Results announced September 2024
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Note: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the coordinating agency for Open Research Area (ORA) 8. All relevant documents for this funding opportunity are available on the DFG website. The information on this SSHRC webpage serves as a brief overview for Canadian researchers wishing to apply to ORA 8.

The eighth round of Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences is based on an agreement among the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), France; the DFG, Germany; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) of UK Research and Innovation, United Kingdom; and 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, the DFG, the ESRC and SSHRC are launching the eighth ORA call for proposals, 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, disciplinary coverage varies according to which national agencies are involved. Applicants uncertain whether their proposal would be eligible should contact the relevant national agencies for clarification.

There is a possibility for cooperation partners in Japan (if applicable) to obtain special funding from a Japanese funding agency. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will provide an independent funding opportunity on an application basis, to support cooperation partners in Japan involved in successful proposals.

ORA 8 is a one-stage funding opportunity. The full proposal must be submitted by November 14, 2023.

National funding agencies will fund proposals according to their respective policies and regulations and the affiliations of the researchers. Canadian teams participating in successful ORA 8 international projects will be funded by SSHRC, based on the funding request outlined in the SSHRC Finance Form available on the DFG website.

SSHRC will hold two webinars in English and one in French, for potential applicants to this funding opportunity. We strongly encourage you to participate in one of these. The webinars will provide information and guidance from the funders on the requirements of the call, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. The two English webinars will be open to participants from around the world. The French webinar will be open to participants from Canada. Each webinar will last about one hour.

To allow for different time zones, the English webinars (identical in nature) will be held September 21, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. (eastern) and 2:00 p.m. (eastern).

The French webinar will be held  September 22, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. (eastern).

Webinar links will be posted on SSHRC’s Upcoming Webinars page.

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