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SSHRC – Open Research Area 8th Call for Proposals

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


Proposals may be for projects with a minimum period of two years and a maximum of three years (24 to 36 months). This covers the scientific and the administrative durations of a project.

All budget items must conform to the national rules relevant for each applicant and national group. The budget requested from each national agency should not exceed the funding limit for that agency.

The following funding limits apply:

  • ANR: Up to €450,000 per project
  • DFG: No maximum limit per project
  • ESRC: From minimum £200,000 to maximum £600,000 (at 100% fEC, ESRC will meet 80% of the fEC apart from items eligible for Exceptions)
  • SSHRC: Up to $600,000 per project, with a maximum of $200,000 per year, per project

When an ORA 8 proposal submitted by an international team is selected for funding, its national sub teams will receive a grant from their respective national funding agencies. Funding agencies will fund successful proposals according to their respective policies and regulations, via the identified eligible applicant.

For Canadian teams, projects will be funded based on the funding request outlined in the SSHRC Finance Form, which must be submitted as an attachment to the ORA 8 proposal. The SSHRC Finance Form contains an itemized budget in Canadian dollars.

Canadian applicants can request up to $200,000 per year for a maximum of $600,000 over two to three years. Salary research allowance: Co-applicants from eligible not-for-profit organizations may request a salary research allowance to partially release them from duties to their organization.


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  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Humanities
  • Kinesiology



Internal Deadline:

October 24, 2023

Sponsor Deadline:

November 14, 2023

Additional Dates:

  • Internal - NOI - July 25, 2023
  • Internal - Draft Application - October 24, 2023
  • Internal - Final Application - November 7, 2023
  • Sponsor - Final Application - November 14, 2023


The partners of the Open Research Area (ORA) are pleased to announce that their eighth joint funding opportunity has launched.

The eighth round of the Open Research Area (ORA) is based on an agreement between 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).

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 aware that some of the best research can be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally, ANR, DFG, ESRC, and SSHRC are launching an eighth ORA call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in the social sciences. The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four subscribing countries – in any combination of three or more countries.

Proposals may be submitted in any area of the social sciences. However, the disciplinary coverage varies 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 possibility for cooperation partners in Japan (if applicable) to obtain a special funding from a Japanese funding agency. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will provide an independent funding opportunity on application basis to support the cooperation partners in Japan involved in the successful proposals.

ORA 8 will use the same format as ORA 7: the call will follow a one-stage, one-application procedure consisting of a full proposal to be submitted on November 14, 2023, at the latest. Funding will be distributed among the national agencies according to the affiliation of the researchers, and according to the funding rules of each agency.

Additional Program Information:

Webinar for potential applicants:

We will hold a webinar for potential applicants to this call on September 21, 2023 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 which will each last approximately one hour.

1st session

  • Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:00 Eastern Daylight Time / 13:00 Central European Time Webinar
  • Externer LinkWebinar– password: SSHRC2023

2nd session

  • Thursday, September 21, 2023, 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time / 20:00 Central European Time Webinar
  • Externer LinkWebinar – password: SSHRC2023


Subject matter

Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches, or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the proposed project complies with SSHRC’s subject matter eligibility. SSHRC reserves the right to declare the project ineligible, which will effectively make the whole international project ineligible.

Here is the equivalency between ORA 8 and SSHRC roles of various project participants:

ORA 8 Role SSHRC Role
Main Applicant or Applicant* Applicant
Co-applicant Co-applicant
Team Member Collaborator
Co-operation partner Co-applicant or collaborator

*There must be one applicant for each country involved in the proposal. The role of “main applicant” is taken by one applicant and is for administrative purposes only.


Applications are submitted by a team of researchers consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators.

To apply for the SSHRC funding component of the larger ORA 8 funding opportunity, the applicant must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. Applicants are required to ensure that they comply with all SSHRC policies and regulations and complete the necessary SSHRC-specific documents for submission.

In addition to the required documents for the larger ORA 8 call, the applicant must also submit the SSHRC Finance Form and the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying document.

Application/Nomination Process:

SSHRC is the coordinating agency for this round. The ORA 8 call follows a one-stage, one-application procedure consisting of a full proposal. Full proposals for ORA 8 must be submitted through SSHRC’s Convergence Portal. Detailed guidance on how to submit a proposal through SSHRC’s Convergence Portal is available on the DFG website.

SSHRC is running the ORA 8 competition in English. However, competition materials are available in French upon request, and SSHRC-eligible applicants can submit their proposals in English or French. Applicants who wish to write their proposal in French must contact SSHRC in advance of the application deadline.

In addition to completing the required documents for the ORA 8 call, the SSHRC applicant must complete the SSHRC Finance Form and the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying document and ensure that the ORA 8 main applicant submits them as attachments to the ORA 8 proposal on Convergence. Note that the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying document must be signed by both the SSHRC applicant and a member of their research grants office.


Additional Details


For more information and to apply, please contact Christina Pellegrini, Senior Advisor.