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Pre-Announcement of the 2017 Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences Call

The Open Research Area (ORA) is a collaborative transnational funding agreement between four major European research agencies: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) in France; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Germany; the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK; and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) in The Netherlands. Its objective is to strengthen international co-operation in the social sciences through a common call for proposals to fund the highest quality joint research projects.

ORA has now announced that a fifth joint call for proposals will open in spring 2017. Proposals will be invited for research projects in any area of the social sciences involving researchers from any combination of two or more of the participating countries (excluding bilateral applications from French-German teams).

In this call, the Japanese core national funding organisation, JSPS, will also collaborate with ORA as an associate partner. Applicants to the ORA call are encouraged to seek partnerships with Japanese researchers, and JSPS will open a specific call for Japanese researchers. Japanese projects associated with the ORA proposals will be encouraged to submit proposals to this call for funding. Further information will be provided with the upcoming call for proposals.

Following evaluation of the 2016 scheme, ORA was found to remain an extremely popular scheme. Consequently, the upcoming call will introduce a procedural change and follow a two-stage procedure consisting of an outline proposal and a full proposal. Only after positive review of the outline proposal are applicants allowed to submit a full proposal.

The call for proposals will be published by the end of April. DFG will be the lead agency, and full details will be available on the DFG website.

The closing date for outline proposals will be 5 July 2017.

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