Since 2010, the ORA Scheme – “Open Research Area for the Social Sciences” has brought together the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and ANR under one heading. ORA aims to strengthen international cooperation in the social sciences while paring down the bureaucratic obstacles and restrictions usually associated with international funding. ORA is characterised by collaborative calls for proposals sometimes including countries outside Europe (four such calls for proposals have been greenlighted since 2010). Notable non-European joint initiatives have been conducted with China, the United States and Japan.
The 2015 call for proposals has been expanded to associate Japanese researchers through an agreement with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Said researchers benefit from €500,000 in funding awarded to two JSPS-selected projects.
Twenty research projects were selected at the outcome of an integrated competitive selection process between partner countries. Projects will be awarded an overall amount of €19 M, enabling academics in Europe and Japan to collaborate on a range of exciting projects aimed at breaking new ground in our understanding of individual and social behaviour and influence policy.
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