Call for Proposals: Open Research Area for the Social Sciences

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Call for Proposals: Open Research Area for the Social Sciences

Deadline: 17-Nov-21

The seventh round of Open Research Area (ORA) is now open for proposals in areas of the social sciences. The 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 a seventh ORA call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in 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 four countries.

Funding Information

Proposals may be for projects with a minimum period of two years and a maximum of three years (24 to 36 months).
The budget requested from each national agency should not exceed the funding limit for that agency. The following funding limits apply:
ANR: Up to €450,000 per project
DFG: No maximum limit per project
ESRC: From minimum £200,000 to maximum £600,000 (at 100% fEC, ESRC will meet 80% of the fEC)
SSHRC: Up to $400,000 per project, with a maximum of $135,000 per year, per project
Eligibility Criteria

The roles of the various project participants in ORA 7 research projects are as follows:

Applicant: there must be one applicant per country involved in the proposal. The applicant will fulfill the role of a principal investigator as defined by their respective funding agency, and act as contact point with their agency for all national matters. Applicants must meet their national agency eligibility requirements.
Main applicant: one applicant is nominated by the project team to be the main applicant for administrative reasons: as a main applicant, they are in charge of the online submission of the proposal and they act as the main contact point with the coordinating agency (ANR) for all matters related to the proposal as a whole.
Co-applicant: any individual who makes a significant contribution to the intellectual direction of the research, who plays a significant role in the conduct of the research, and who may also have some responsibility for financial aspects of the research (for countries where funding can be distributed among several sub-teams, in conformity with national rules).
Team members: all other participants who will make contributions to the research and will benefit from funding must be listed as team members.
Cooperation partners: these are Japanese partners (if applicable) or other individuals (researchers as well as non-academic partners, depending on the rules of each agency), including those from countries other than Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK. For example, if a scientific board is set up for the project, members can be listed.
The ORA 7 call is open to proposals from eligible Applicants from three or four of the subscribing countries, that is, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK.
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