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International Research Cooperation Division Ⅱ, International Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Kojimachi Business Center Building, 5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

JSPS International Joint Research Program
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Open Research Area for the Social Sciences(ORA)

Open Research Area for the Social Sciences(ORA)

Open Research Area for the Social Sciences(ORA):Program Outline

Program Outline

In cooperation with ANR, DFG, ESRC and SSHRC, this program provides funding for international joint research carried between excellent researchers in Japanese universities and institutes and their European counterparts. The purpose of this program is to strengthen collaboration while achieving a high level of synergy in research conducted in the fields of social sciences.


Eligibility of Japanese Applicants

Applicants must be researchers affiliated with a university or research institute in Japan, and they must be eligible to apply for a Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI). As the Principal Investigator (PI) is overall responsible for and plays a vital role in carrying out the project plan, care should be taken not to appoint a person to the position who might loss his/her PI eligibility or otherwise be unable to perform the PI’s duties during the full period of the project’s implementation.


Targeted Research Fields

•Social sciences


Project Period

2-3 years


Funding from JSPS to PIs on Japanese Side

Up to JPY 10,000,000 /year; Up to JPY 30,000,000 /3 years

For more details on the past ORA Program, please refer to this page.