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Open Research Area for the social sciences

JSPS will participate in the ORA for the social sciences as an associate partner and has launched a call for FY2022 for Japanese researchers.
The Open Research Area (ORA) initiative was launched in 2010 and since then it has funded collaborative projects that bring together French, German, British and Dutch researchers from all social science disciplines with a view to building European collaborative projects in the social sciences. Namely, the French National Research Agency (ANR), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Netherlands Scientific Research Organization (NWO) have made a framework agreement. As JSPS aims to foster a wide variety of researchers who can play an active role in the world, participation of young researchers in this programme will be welcomed.  


Call for FY2022
Number of Awards 1-2
Research Area Social Sciences
Duration of Project

2-3 years from the beginning of the starting date *Starting date should be between October 2023 to 1st December 2023. The exact starting date will be decided through a discussion among the research leaders from each country.

Application Method

The research leader on the Japanese side and a consortium made up of research leaders from at least three countries among France, Germany, Canada and UK are to apply together (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO; Netherlands) will not be participating in this call).
The Research leader on the Japanese side is to submit their application forms to JSPS Tokyo. The Research leader on the European side is to submit their application form to the ORA office (ANR, France). With regard to the detail, please refer to JSPS Tokyo website and the ORA office (ANR) website, respectively.

Please note that the research plan and the abstract of the research written on the application form from each side should be the same. If JSPS finds any differences, the nomination may possibly be cancelled.

Application Period

Wednesday 17 November 2021 (for the Japanese side)
As for the closing date for Full Proposals of the European side, please contact the ORA office (ANR) to confirm the start date of the application period.
*Please note, for the Japanese side, the applicant’s affiliated institution in Japan may set an earlier deadline than that set by JSPS Tokyo.

Amount of project
funding from JSPS

up to JPY10,000,000 per fiscal year
(Total amount for whole period: up to JPY30,000,000)

Link to JSPS Tokyo Website Japanese) English)

Link to ORA call

Click here


Eligibility (Japanese Applicants)

Applicants must hold a full-time or equivalent position as a researcher at a university or research institute in Japan that is eligible to receive Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).


Coverage of Project Funding

1) International and domestic travel expenses 
2) Research materials 
3) Personnel expenses 
4) other
*These expenses are only to be used by the Japanese researchers in a university or research institute in Japan that is eligible to receive Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).This includes postdoctoral researchers and MA/PhD students who are considered to have enough ability and experience to accomplish the research.


Selection Procedure

JSPS Tokyo will evaluate the research theme on the Japanese side independently from the evaluation by the European side. After the screening process takes place at JSPS Tokyo, they will discuss their results with the European side in order to make a final selection. Notification of the selection results will be sent to the head of the Japanese applicant’s institution around October 2022.



For application enquiries and submissions on the Japanese side, please contact:
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) 
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, 
Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN 
Tel: +81 (0)3-3263-1724/1918 
For the European side, please also refer to the ORA office (ANR) and ESRC website: