Open Research Area Plus

Open Research Areas Plus is a programme that will strengthen international cooperation in the social sciences by funding the best joint research proposals in this field.


To strengthen international cooperation in the social sciences, ANR, DFG, ESRC, NSF and NWO have launched a common call for proposals to fund the best joint research projects in this field.

The programme will fund integrated projects realised by researchers from three or more of the five participating countries, in any combination. The partner funding agencies will conduct a coordinated peer review and a single common selection process. Funding will be distributed among the national agencies according to where the researchers work and the funding rules of each agency.

Who can apply

Applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements of the national agency they apply to for funding. For further information about national eligibility requirements see the call for proposals and also:


Applicants for the Dutch project must be researchers who hold a PhD and are employed at either a Dutch university or a research institute recognised by NWO or KNAW for the duration of the proposed research.

What to apply for

Proposals may be for projects with a minimum duration of two years and a maximum of three years.

For information about what can be applied for, see:

  • ANR, France
  • DFG, Germany 
  • ESRC, UK
  • NSF, USA
  • NWO-MaGW, The Netherlands
  • Proposals may be for projects with a minimum duration of two years and a maximum of three years. Applicants for the Dutch project can apply for
  • either a PhD position (three years, full-time). The PhD student should successfully have completed a research master’s study programme.
  • or a postdoc (up to three years, full-time, with a minimum of 0.6 fte) The postdoc position can be split over two people, but the minimum for an individual position is 0.2 fte, and combined the postdoc position must add up to at least 0.6 fte for each year of the duration of the project. Costs for research time of other senior research staff cannot be applied for through this grant.

The total budget requested for the Dutch project may not be higher than 250,000 euros (excluding bench fees). Up to 200,000 euros of this may cover personnel costs (see the Call documentation for the appropriate salary scales). The minimum limit is 77,000 euros for personnel costs (i.e. the costs of a postdoc for 0.6 fte for a two-year project). In addition to these personnel costs, material costs up to the sum of 50,000 euros can be applied for. These costs should be justified on the application form.

When to apply

Closing date for submitting proposals is 15 February 2013 12.00 (noon) CET. After you have read the instructions on how to submit your application (see documentation) then click here to submit it.



Within the framework of this call, the disciplines covered may vary according to the involvement of the national agencies. The proposed research must fall within the remit of the social sciences.

For the Dutch part of the programme, this domain is defined in the NWO Social Sciences list of expertise codes (see Call documentation). Though the social sciences are also an individual discipline on this list, applications from all disciplines on the list are eligible.

Applicants who are uncertain as to whether their proposal would be eligible should contact the relevant national agencies for clarification.


For more information about the procedure, see the Call documentation.

For project proposals under consideration, the procedure to be followed is described below. For more information, please see the call for proposals.

Proposals will be assessed by external expert reviewers. Assessment and funding recommendations are made by a joint international panel. Funding decisions are made by the national agencies ANR, DFG, ESRC, NSF and NWO.

Additional Information

Pierre-Olivier Pin
phone: +33 (0) 1 78 09 80 83, e-mail:

Christiane Joerk
phone: +49 (0) 228 885-2777, e-mail:

Alexa Mills
phone: +44 (0) 1793413159, e-mail:

Elizabeth Tran
phone: +1 703 292 5338e-mail:



Closed for application, but temporarily


15 February 2013 12:00

NWO division

Social Sciences


International cooperation


ANR (France), DFG (Germany), ESRC (UK), NSF (USA)


Mw. dr. C. Hillebrink Mw. dr. C. Hillebrink +31 (0)70 3494311 c.hillebrink@NWO.NL