Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences 2019 -- Japan participating through JSPS

About the ORA

The sixth call of the Open Research Area (ORA) is based on an agreement between the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (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). 

In order to strengthen international co-operation in the field of social sciences, wishing to fund high quality scientific research within their own countries, and aware that some of the best research can be delivered by working with 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 in social sciences. The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four subscribing countries – in any combination of three or more countries.

Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences. 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 again a special opportunity for cooperation with projects in Japan. With the aim to strengthen cooperation between researchers in Japan and ORA partners, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) as the national funding organization of Japan renews the funding scheme to support projects which are associated with ORA. For details please see for the Japanese call.

Proposals may be for projects with a minimum period of two years and a maximum of three years (24 to 36 months). This covers scientific and administrative duration of a project. The following funding limits will apply:

  • ANR Up to €450,000 per project
  • DFG No maximum limit per project
  • ESRC Up to £600,000  with a minimum of £200,000
  • SSHRC Up to $400,000 per project, with a maximum of $135,000 per year per project
  • JSPS Up to 10M JPY/year, maximum of 30M JPY per project

How to Apply

ESRC is the coordinating agency for this round. All proposals for this call will be submitted through the ESRC’s Joint Electronic Submissions system (Je-S). For detailed guidance on how to submit proposals please refer to the ORA Six Call Je-S Guidance for Applicants. 

Deadline for the submission of proposals is 16:00 (UK time) on 11 September 2019.

Further information: ORA