SSHRC National Addendum: Open Research Area 6th


The sixth round of 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 (ESRC; UK) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC; Canada). 

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the program's SSHRC and ESRC websites for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria

There will a webinar for potential applicants to this call on July 3, 2019 which we strongly encourage all 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 10:00 (UK time) and 15:00 (UK time), which will each last approximately one hour. Spaces will be limited, so we encourage you to register your interest early by emailing When registering your interest please indicate whether you wish to join the morning or afternoon webinar. Registration for the webinars will close on June 21, 2019.


Open Research Area (ORA) 6 call is an international competition sponsored by SSHRC; Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), France; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany; and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), United Kingdom. In addition, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) will collaborate with ORA 6 as an associate partner.

Proposals are required to involve researchers from any combination of three or more participating countries out of Canada, France, Germany and the UK. (Japan is not counted toward the minimum three countries.)

For this sixth ORA call, the ESRC will be the coordinating agency.

This call will follow a two-stage procedure consisting of an outline proposal and a full proposal. Applicants who are successful at outline will automatically progress to full stage. Unlike the previous round, applicants will be invited to submit outline and full proposals at the same time, rather than waiting for the results of the outline stage.

Funding will be distributed among the national agencies according to the place of work of the researchers, and according to the funding rules of each agency. 

There will a webinar for potential applicants to this call on July 3, 2019.  


Applications may be 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 6 call, 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.

Individuals are eligible to be co-applicants if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:

  • Canadian: Postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; or municipal, territorial or provincial governments.
  • International: Postsecondary institutions.

Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.


Here is the equivalency between ORA 6 and SSHRC roles of various project participants:

ORA 6 role Footnote1 SSHRC role
Principal investigator Footnote2 Applicant
Co-investigator Co-applicant
Team member Collaborator
Cooperation partner Footnote3 Co-applicant or collaborator



  • Footnote 1: For ORA 6 Role definitions and eligibility requirements, see the competition call specification.
  • Footnote 2: There must be one principal investigator (PI) for each country involved in the proposal. The role of main applicant in ORA 6 (not listed here) is taken by one PI for administrative purposes only.

  • Footnote 3: Cooperation partners are researchers from countries not participating in ORA 6 (including from Japan). Cooperation partners in Canadian teams can be either co-applicants or collaborators.

Maximum Project Value

Canadian applicants can request up to $135,000 per year for a maximum of $400,000 

Project Duration

over 2 to 3 years.

Special Notes

Subject matter

Proposals may involve any discipline, thematic area, approach or subject area 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. 



If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

U of Guelph Applicant: Please provide the complete SSHRC National Financial Form, the complete and signed SSHRC Terms & Conditions for Applying form, a copy of the Outline proposal along with a complete OR5 form to:

In addition to the required documents for the larger ORA 6 Call, the applicant must:

  • complete the SSHRC National Financial Form and ensure that ORA 6 main applicant submits it as an attachment to the ORA 6 Full proposal on Je-S;
  • complete and sign the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying (including the list of participants); and
  • ensure that the research grants office at their institution completes and signs the SSHRC Terms and Conditions for Applying and emails it to SSHRC before the deadline.

Just a reminder: Applicants who are successful at the Outline stage will automatically progress to the Full stage. Applicants will be required to submit the Outline proposal and the Full proposal at the same time. Both proposals will have the same deadline.

External Deadline

Only the one Main Applicant needs to submit the application using the Je-S on line system. The Main Applicant is the one nominated PI who is in charge of the online proposal submission. Details of all other partnering PIs and Co-Investigators (Co-Is), as well as other project participants, should be included in the Project Participants attachment.

The Outline and the Full proposals for ORA 6 should be submitted through the ESRC’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system. Detailed guidance on how to submit the two proposals through Je-S is available on the ESRC website.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Paula Popovici
Senior Program Officer, Research Partnerships Portfolio
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Tel.: 613-992-0498


Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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