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German Research Foundation (DFG) et al.: Open Research Area for the Social Sciences (Research projects)

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) are launching a seventh Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences 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 

Eligible to apply: Applicants must meet their national agency eligibilty requirements. Researchers in Germany, or those working at a German research institution abroad, who have completed their academic training (doctorate as a rule) are eligible to apply. For further information, please consult the Guidelines and Proposal Preparation Instructions for Individual Research Grants

Application requirements: Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences within the remit of the relevant national agencies concerned. All projects must focus on substantive research and feature an integrated work programme demonstrating clearly the added value of transnational collaboration.

Duration: 24 - 36 months.

Funding services: The following funding limits apply: 

  • ANR: Up to 450,000 euros per project.
  • DFG: No maximum limit per project.
  • ESRC: 200,000 - 600,000 pound sterling at 100% fEC (full economic costs), ESRC will meet 80% of the fEC.
  • SSHRC: Up to 400,000 Canadian dollar per project, with a maximum of 135,000 Canadian dollars per year, per project.

Application process: The call will follow a one-stage, one-application procedure consisting of a full proposal. Proposals must be written in English, with the exception of proposals including Canadian partners, which may be written in French. All proposals and attachments for this call will be submitted through the ANR Electronic Submission System SIM. Applicants requesting funding from DFG are required to additionally submit their proposals through the DFG elan system. 


17.11.2021, 16:00 (Central European Time)


German Research Foundation, Kennedyallee 40, 53175 Bonn


German Research Foundation
Sigrid Claßen
Phone: +49 (0) 228 885-2209

Christiane Joerk
Phone: +49 (0) 228 885-2451

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