Launch of Open Research Area for the social sciences

The partners of the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce that their eighth joint funding opportunity has launched, with an application deadline of November 14, 2023.

The ORA was created to strengthen international cooperation in social sciences by funding high-quality scientific research projects. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) will support the participation of Canadian researchers from all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.

Four funding organizations will participate in this eighth 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 SSHRC, Canada. SSHRC will coordinate this eighth call for proposals.

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

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will be an associate partner by providing an independent funding opportunity to support Japanese partners’ participation in ORA projects. Following the ORA competition, if the Japanese partners involved in the successful proposals wish to take advantage of the funding opportunity, they can submit separate applications to the JSPS through their affiliated research institutions for assessment.

Application process

For information on the application process, including eligibility, see the funding opportunity description.

Further information

If you have further questions, contact:

Canada, SSHRC

France, ANR
Maria Tsilioni
Tel.: +33 1 73 54 83 04

Germany, DFG
Sigrid Claßen
Tel.: +49 228 885-2209

Christiane Joerk
Tel.: +49 228 885-2451

United Kingdom, ESRC

Japan, JSPS

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