Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (ORA)

8th Joint Call


The eighth round 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 of UK Research and Innovation (ESRC; the 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 an eighth ORA call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in the 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 a possibility for cooperation partners in Japan (if applicable) to obtain a special funding from a Japanese funding agency. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will provide an independent funding opportunity on application basis to support the cooperation partners in Japan involved in the successful proposals.

Opening :2023-07-25 at 10h00 CEST

Closing :2023-11-14 at 23h00 CET

How to apply?

SSHRC is the coordinating agency for this round. All proposals for this call will be submitted through the SSHRC Convergence Portal. Applicants requesting funding from ANR are required to additionally submit their proposal to both SSHRC Convergence Portal and ANR’s SIM platform by the deadline for submitting proposals – Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 23h00 CET. Proposals, including applicants requesting funding from ANR, not submitted to both SSHRC’s Convergence Portal and ANR’s SIM platform by the deadline of submission, will not be accepted.

Webinar for potential applicants

The call secretariat will hold a webinar for potential applicants to this call on September 21, 2023 which we strongly encourage you to attend. The webinar will be open to participants from around the world and will provide information and guidance from the funders on the requirements of the call as well as an opportunity for questions and answers. To allow for different time zones we will be holding two identical webinars which will each last approximately one hour.

Webinar 1 – Thursday, September 21, 2023, 13h00 CET

Link: Webinar – Password: SSHRC2023

Webinar 2 – Thursday, September 21, 2023, 20h00 CET

Link: Webinar – Password: SSHRC2023


For general information, and to be notified when the call is announced, contact:

If you have any further questions, contact:

Canada, SSHRC
Email : ORA8(at)SSHRC-CRSH.GC.CA  

France, ANR
Maria Tsilioni
Tel. : +33 1 73 54 83 04
Email : Maria.TSILIONI(at)

Allemangne, DFG
Sigrid Claßen
Tel. : +49 228 885-2209
Email : sigrid.classen(at) 

Christiane Joerk
Tel. : +49 228 885-2451
Email : christiane.joerk(at) 

Royaume-Uni, ESRC
Email : ORA8(at) 

Japon, JSPS
Email : bottom-up(at)

Application date
2-3 years
Social sciences