Open Research Area for the Social Sciences 2019

The Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences programme 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), the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO Netherlands) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC Canada).

The initiative is designed to bring together researchers for the participating countries to collaborate on research projects in the area of social sciences. In this way, the initiative not only aims to strengthen international co-operation in the field of social sciences but also promote outstanding research through the collaboration of internationally renowned researchers.

ORA has now announced its sixth call for proposals, which is being coordinated by the ESRC on behalf of all organisations.

Proposals may be submitted for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four participating countries, in any combination of three or more countries. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will not be participating in this sixth ORA Call.

Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences.

There is also a special opportunity for cooperation with projects in Japan: With the aim to strengthen cooperation between researchers in Japan and Europe, JSPS as the national funding organisation of Japan has established a funding scheme to support projects which are associated with ORA.

Eligibility criteria for all applicants and their institutions are set out in individual national eligibility rules by each funding agency.

Project funding will be provided for a maximum period of three years.

All budget items must conform to the national rules relevant for each applicant. The total value of proposals in each country must not exceed funding levels for proposals, which apply in that country.

Outline and Full proposals must be submitted by the same deadline of 11 September 2019 (16:00 UK time).

For Japanese Cooperation Partners: A separate call will be issued by the Japanese national funding organisation JSPS. Japanese projects answering to this call will be associated with the ORA project. The Japanese proposal will be evaluated and decided upon by JSPS, in light of its association with ORA.

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