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Open Research Area 6

SSHRC National Addendum

Value Up to $400,000; Maximum $135,000 per year
Duration 2 to 3 years
Application deadline September 11, 2019, 4:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (11:00 a.m. eastern)
Results announced September 2020
Apply ESRC’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) System
Start of the projects Earliest October 1, 2020

Value and duration
Eligibility and requirements
Application process
Regulations, policies and related information
Contact information



Open Research Area (ORA) 6 call is an international competition sponsored by SSHRC; Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), France; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany; and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom. In addition, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will collaborate with ORA 6 as an associate partner.

Proposals are required to involve researchers from any combination of three or more participating countries out of Canada, France, Germany and the UK. (Japan is not counted toward the minimum three countries.)

For this sixth ORA call, the ESRC will be the coordinating agency.


Value and duration

When an ORA 6 proposal submitted by an international team is selected for funding, its national sub-teams will receive a grant from their respective national funding agencies. Funding agencies will fund successful proposals according to their respective policies and regulations, via the identified eligible principal investigator.

For Canadian teams, proposals will be funded based on the funding request outlined in the SSHRC National Financial Form, which must be submitted as an attachment to the ORA 6 Full proposal (see Application process below). The SSHRC National Financial Form contains an itemized budget in Canadian dollars.

Canadian applicants can request up to $135,000 per year for a maximum of $400,000 over two to three years.

Salary research allowance

Co-applicants from eligible not-for-profit organizations may request a salary research allowance to partially release them from duties to their organization.


Eligibility and requirements

Subject matter

Proposals may involve any discipline, thematic area, approach or subject area eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposed project complies with SSHRC’s subject matter eligibility. SSHRC reserves the right to declare the SSHRC portion of the project ineligible, which will effectively make the whole international project ineligible.


Here is the equivalency between ORA 6 and SSHRC roles of various project participants:

ORA 6 role Footnote 1 SSHRC role
Principal investigator Footnote 2 Applicant
Co-investigator Co-applicant
Team member Collaborator
Cooperation partner Footnote 3 Co-applicant or collaborator


Footnote 1

For ORA 6 Role definitions and eligibility requirements, see the competition call specification.

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Footnote 2

There must be one principal investigator (PI) for each country involved in the proposal. The role of main applicant in ORA 6 (not listed here) is taken by one PI for administrative purposes only.

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Footnote 3

Cooperation partners are researchers from countries not participating in ORA 6 (including from Japan). Cooperation partners in Canadian teams can be either co-applicants or collaborators.

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Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators.

To apply for the SSHRC funding component of the larger ORA 6 call, the applicant must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. Applicants are required to ensure that they comply with all SSHRC policies and regulations and complete the necessary SSHRC-specific documents for submission.

In addition to the required documents for the larger ORA 6 call, the applicant must also submit the SSHRC National Financial Form and the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying documents (submission details under Application process below).

Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.


SSHRC invites applications for grants from researchers affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. Please see SSHRC’s list of eligible postsecondary institutions. Researchers who are not affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution should contact SSHRC well in advance of the deadline.

Any Canadian postsecondary institution that does not have institutional eligibility and wishes to administer SSHRC grants must apply for and meet SSHRC’s institutional eligibility requirements. Once eligibility is granted, the institution is invited to become a signatory to the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions. This entails a commitment by the institution to adhere to the high legal, ethical and financial standards set out in the agreement and ensures the institution has the necessary structures and processes in place to achieve this objective. Please note that SSHRC will not release funding to an institution before it becomes a signatory of the agreement. For questions related to institutional eligibility or to receive an institutional eligibility application package, please contact us .


Individuals are eligible to be co-applicants if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:

  • Canadian: Postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; or municipal, territorial or provincial governments.
  • International: Postsecondary institutions.


Any individual who makes a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.

Individuals from the private sector or federal government can only participate as collaborators.


Grant holders will be expected to report on the use of grant funds, on funded activities undertaken during the grant period and on outcomes. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their Notice of Award.


Application process

The ORA 6 call follows 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 required to submit the Outline proposal and the Full proposal at the same time. Both proposals will have the same deadline.

The Outline and the Full proposals for ORA 6 should be submitted through the ESRC’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system. Detailed guidance on how to submit the two proposals through Je-S is available on the ESRC website.

Je-S system is in English only. However, competition materials are available in French upon request. SSHRC-eligible applicants can submit their proposals through the Je-S system in English or French. Applicants who wish to apply in French must contact SSHRC in advance for more details (see Contact information below).

In addition to the required documents for the larger ORA 6 Call, the applicant must:

  • complete the SSHRC National Financial Form and ensure that ORA 6 main applicant submits it as an attachment to the ORA 6 Full proposal on Je-S;
  • complete and sign the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying (including the list of participants); and
  • ensure that the research grants office at their institution completes and signs the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying and emails it to SSHRC before the deadline.

Note: The SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying must be submitted by the research grants office at applicant’s institution and will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant or anyone else.


Regulations, policies and related information

All applicants and grant holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications based on the information therein. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.

Privacy notice

All applications must be submitted to the ESRC Je-S online application system and are subject to the privacy policies governing the ESRC. The ESRC will share application information with other funding agencies involved in this call, including SSHRC. The personal information contained in the application will be disclosed to, and may be viewed by, any or all of the participating granting agencies.

The collection, use, disclosure, retention and disposal of your personal information are in accordance with the Canadian Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. Your information will be managed in accordance with Treasury Board Secretariat policies, directives and guidelines on information management and protection of personal information, and with the agencies’ retention and disposition schedules.

Any personal information that you provide to SSHRC for the purpose of applying to this funding competition is collected under the authority of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Act. Personal information provided to SSHRC is stored in the personal information bank PPU 055, as described in SSHRC’s Info Source chapter. Only the information needed to deliver, administer and promote the ORA 6 competition and awards is collected by SSHRC indirectly via the ESRC. Failure to provide the personal information required in the application will result in the application being declared ineligible.

SSHRC is committed to the protection of the personal information under its control and does not take responsibility for the privacy practices of any other ORA 6 partner organizations. SSHRC will only share personal information with the agencies named in this addendum as required with respect to the ORA 6 call. Your information may also be used for program operations and planning, performance measurement and monitoring, evaluation and audits and in aggregate to report to government or to the public.

If you believe your personal information has been mishandled or have concerns about agency privacy practices, you have the right to file a complaint with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. For more information about your rights under the Privacy Act, about our privacy practices or to access or correct your personal information, please contact SSHRC’s ATIP Coordinator.

By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood this Privacy Notice and agree to provide your personal information in accordance with it.

SSHRC Research Data Archiving Policy and Open Access Policy

SSHRC is committed to the principle that the various forms of research data collected with public funds belong in the public domain. Accordingly, SSHRC has a policy to facilitate making data that has been collected with the help of SSHRC funds available to other researchers. Please refer to SSHRC’s Research Data Archiving Policy for further information.

SSHRC-funded researchers are required to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.


For the ORA 6 call, SSHRC’s appeals policy will not be applicable because of the international nature of the initiative.


Contact information

For more information, contact:

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