Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Research the social sciences in the Open Research Area (ORA): round 7

Apply for funding for international research in the social sciences.

Your project must be a collaboration. This must include researchers based in at least three of these countries:

  • UK
  • France
  • Germany
  • Canada.

You can also choose to involve a Japanese partner.

Your research must be original and make a significant contribution to scientific knowledge.

Each funding organisation partner has its own funding limits.

The full economic cost of the UK part of the project can cost between £200,000 to £600,000. ESRC will fund 80% of this.

You can apply to:

  • ANR for up to €450,000 per project
  • SSHRC for up to C$400,000 per project, with a maximum of C$135,000 per year, per project
  • DFG for any amount per project.

This funding opportunity is part of the Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences scheme. This round is coordinated by ANR.

See the full funding opportunity details and how to apply on the ANR website.

Who can apply

The UK component of the proposal must be led by a UK research organisation eligible for UKRI funding.

Check if your organisation is eligible.

The principal investigator of the UK component must be a UK-based researcher.

Proposals are required to involve researchers from any combination of at least three of the four main participating countries.

How to apply

ANR is the coordinating agency for this round.

All proposals must be submitted through the ANR Electronic Submission System SIM.

For detailed guidance on how to apply, please see the full funding opportunity details on the ANR website.

How we will assess your application

The funding opportunity will follow a one-stage procedure consisting of a single, full proposal.

Contact details

Ask about this funding opportunity

All queries should be sent to the secretariat.


Get help with the ANR Electronic Submission System (SIM)


Speak to an individual nation’s funder




Sylvie Contrepois, Project Officer


Lara Abdel Halim, Project Officer


Faridah Djellal, Scientific Manager:



Christiane Joerk


Telephone: +49 228 885-2451

Sigrid Claßen


Telephone: +49 228 885-2209



United Kingdom


Additional info

We will hold a webinar for potential applicants to this funding opportunity on 22 September 2021 which we strongly encourage you to attend.

The webinar will be open to participants from around the world, and will provide information and guidance from the funders on the requirements of the call as well as an opportunity for questions and answers.

To allow for different time zones we will be holding two identical webinars at 13:00 CET (7:00 ET) and 20:00 CET (14:00 ET), which will each last approximately one hour.

Watch the webinar that was held on Wednesday 22 September for all potential applicants on the ANR ORA 7 website. The recording can be found under ‘further information’.

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