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Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (ORA)

Sixth Joint Call


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 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO Netherlands).

Four funding organisations will participate in the sixth ORA call. Three European funding organisations will participate: Agence nationale de la Recherche (ANR), France; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany; and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom. In addition, we are excited to announce that the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), will also be joining this round. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, Netherlands) will not be participating in this sixth ORA Call

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, the core national funding organisation) will again collaborate with ORA as an associate partner. Applicants to the ORA call may seek partnerships with Japanese researchers. JSPS will open a specific call for Japanese researchers.

Proposals will be accepted for research projects in any area of the social sciences. In this round, proposals are required to involve researchers from any combination of three or more participating countries. The proposed research should be integrated across the participating countries, and expected to make an original and significant contribution to scientific knowledge.

Application process

This call will follow a two-stage procedure consisting of an Outline proposal and a Full proposal. Applicants who are successful at outline will automatically progress to full stage. Unlike the previous round, applicants will be invited to submit Outline and Full proposals at the same time, rather than waiting for the results of the outline stage.

Funding will be distributed among the national agencies according to the place of work of the researchers, and according to the funding rules of each agency. 

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 sixth Call Je-S Guidance for Applicants.


Deadline for the submission of proposals is 16:00 (UK time) on 11 September 2019. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Electronic acknowledgement will be sent to the Main Applicant (if self-registered) or submitting organisation (if a proposal has been submitted via the submitter pool at applicant’s research organisation). If the latter, we strongly advise applicants to secure confirmation from their relevant administrator that the proposal has been successfully submitted to the Je-S team. 

Application date
2-3 years
America : Canada
Europe : Germany, France (North-East) (North-West) (Paris Île-de-France) (South-East) (South-West), Netherlands, United Kingdom
Social sciences
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
ANR: up to € 450.000; DFG: no maximum limit; ESRC: £ 2-600.000