Pre-announcement: research the social sciences in the Open Research Area (ORA): round 7

Apply for funding for international research in the social sciences.

Your project must be a collaboration. This must include researchers based in at least three of these countries:

  • UK
  • France
  • Germany
  • Canada.

You can also choose to involve a Japanese partner.

Your research must be original and make a significant contribution to scientific knowledge.

This funding opportunity is part of the Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences scheme.

Who can apply

The UK component of the proposal must be led by a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

Check if your organisation is eligible.

The principal investigator of the UK component must be a UK-based researcher.

Proposals are required to involve researchers from any combination of at least three of the four main participating countries.

What we're looking for

Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences.

The proposed research should be integrated across the participating countries, and expected to make an original and significant contribution to scientific knowledge.

How to apply

Proposals for this call will be submitted through the electronic submissions system (SIM) of the French funder Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR).

Detailed guidance about how to apply will be provided with the publication of the call for proposals documents.

How we will assess your application

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

Contact details

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Sylvie Contrepois, Project Officer


Lara Abdel Halim, Project Officer


Faridah Djellal, Scientific Manager



Christiane Joerk

Telephone: +49 228 885-2451


Sigrid Claßen

Telephone: +49 228 885-2209




United Kingdom


Additional info

The full call specification and associated documentation, including timetable, will be provided when the call is officially launched.

We will not be able to provide additional information about the full call in advance of its publication.

About this funding opportunity

The partners for the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce 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.

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