Pre-Announcement Call for the Open Research Area (ORA) Round 7

The next round of the Open Research Area for the Social Sciences programme has been announced.

The partners for the Open Research Area (ORA) have announced their seventh joint call for proposals.

ORA was created to strengthen international co-operation in the social sciences by funding high quality scientific research projects.

Similarly to the previous call, four funding organisations will participate in the seventh ORA call:

  • Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada

For this seventh ORA call, the ANR will be the coordinating agency. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, Japan), will again collaborate with ORA as an associate partner.

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.

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

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.

The scheme will be open to proposals from eligible applicants from three or more of the participating countries.

Any project participant (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Team Member etc) may only participate in one project proposal.

The upcoming call will follow a one-stage procedure consisting of a single, full proposal.

The full call specification, including a timetable, will be provided when the call is officially launched (expected to be in July 2021).