Pre-call announcement: Open Research Area for the social sciences

The partners of the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce that their seventh joint funding opportunity will launch in July 2021, at the earliest, with an application deadline in November 2021. This pre-call announcement is being issued to allow interested researchers to begin discussions with potential research partners ahead of the formal launch of the funding opportunity.

The ORA was created to strengthen international co-operation in social sciences by funding high-quality scientific research projects. SSHRC will support the participation of Canadian researchers from all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.

Four funding organizations will participate in this seventh ORA competition: the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), France; the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom; and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada. ANR will coordinate the 2021 funding opportunity call.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will again collaborate with the ORA as an associate partner. Applicants to the ORA call may seek partnerships with Japanese researchers. Researchers affiliated with Japanese research institutions will be required to submit their applications to the JSPS, which will organize a specific assessment.

Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences. Proposals must involve researchers from at least three of the four main participating countries (Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom). Projects must involve integrated collaboration between partners from at least three countries. Stand-alone projects in different countries will not be admissible. Proposals are expected to make an original and significant contribution to scientific knowledge.

Application process

Proposals for this funding opportunity will be submitted through the ANR’s electronic submissions system, SIM. Detailed guidance on how to apply will be provided with the publication of the funding opportunity documents.

The upcoming ORA funding opportunity will follow a one-stage procedure consisting of a single full proposal.

Provisional timetable

The full funding opportunity announcement will be launched in July 2021 on the websites of the participating funding organizations. The closing date for proposals will be in November 2021. The application specification and relevant documentation, including timetable, will be provided when the funding opportunity is officially launched, and we will not be able to provide additional information in advance of its publication.

Further information

For general information, and to be notified when the call is announced, contact:

If you have any further questions, contact:

Canada, SSHRC

France, ANR
Sylvie Contrepois, Project Officer

Lara Abdel Halim, Project Officer

Faridah Djellal, Scientific Manager

Germany, DFG
Christiane Joerk
Tel.: +49 228 885-2451

Sigrid Claßen
Tel.: +49 228 885-2209

Japan, JSPS

United Kingdom, ESRC

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