Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences: Pre-Announcement of the Sixth Joint Call

The partners for the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce their sixth joint call for proposals due to open Spring 2019. This notice is being issued now to allow interested researchers to begin discussions with potential research partners in advance of the formal call for proposals.

Scope of the Call:

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:

Proposals for this call will be submitted through the ESRC’s Joint Electronic Submissions system (Je-S). Detailed guidance about how to apply will be provided with the publication of the call for proposals documents.

The upcoming 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.

We intend to announce the full call for proposals in April 2019 on the websites of the participating funding organisations. The closing date for proposals is expected to be the end of July 2019. The full call specification and associated documentation, including commissioning 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.

For this sixth ORA call, the ESRC will be the coordinating agency.

Further information

For more generic information, and to be alerted when the call is announced, please contact:

For further information about NWO:

Further details on the previous ORA round can be found on the DFG website:

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Canada, SSHRC:

  • Paula Popovici,
    phone +1 613 992-0498,

France, ANR:

  • Lionel Obadia,
    phone +33 1 78 09 80 80,

Germany, DFG:

  • Christiane Joerk,
    phone +49 228 885-2451,
  • Sigrid Claßen,
    phone +49 228 885-2209,

United Kingdom, ESRC:

  • Marzena Bien,
    phone +44 1793 413 150,


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