Selected – 2015

International call for proposals "ORA – Open Research Area for the social sciences"

The ORA is an agreement between the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Netherlands).

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 conscious that some of the best research can be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally, ANR, DFG, ESRC and NWO are launching a fourth common 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 two of the four participating countries – in any combination of two to four countries. The partner organisations will conduct a co-ordinated peer review and a single common selection process. Funding will be distributed among the partners according to the place of work of the researchers, and generally according to the funding rules of each individual agency (with some exceptions detailed below).

Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences. However the disciplinary coverage may vary 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 special opportunity for cooperation with projects in Japan: With the aim to strengthen cooperation between researchers in Japan and Europe, JSPS as the national funding organization of Japan has established a funding scheme to support projects which are associated with ORA. For details see page of the call text.

Please note that Franco-German bilateral projects will be funded under the ANR-DFG scheme for Social Sciences and Humanities and are therefore excluded from this call.

The overall success rates of the previous calls were as follows:

  • 1st call (2010): 12%
  • 2nd call (2011): 7%
  • 3rd call (2013): 8.5%
Opening : 2014-10-09 at 11:51 CEST
Application Deadline : 2015-01-15 at 12:00 CET

ANR is the coordinating agency for this round. All applications must be submitted electronically via There will be one single integrated proposal per project. Please note that any applications not submitted via cannot be considered.

Only complete and timely submitted applications will be considered.



France, ANR :
Pierre-Olivier PIN
e-mail :
phone: +33 (0) 1 78 09 80 83

Bernard LUDWIG
e-mail : Bernard.LUDWIG(at)
phone: +33 (0) 1 73 54 82 41

Germany, DFG:
Christiane JOERK
e-mail: christiane.joerk(at)
phone: +49 (0) 228 885-2451

United Kingdom, ESRC :
e-mail: ora(at)
phone: +44 (0) 1793413159

The Netherlands, NWO:
e-mail: ora(at)
phone: +31 (0) 70 349 4311


Consult the upcoming and current calls of the portal

The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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