TESS's Special Competition for Young Investigators
NOTE: THIS COMPETITION WAS CONDUCTED IN 2013 AND IS NO LONGER OPEN; IT REMAINS ON OUR SITE FOR ARCHIVAL PURPOSES.
Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) is an NSF-funded initiative in which investigators propose survey experiments to be fielded using a nationally representative Internet platform (see here for more information). In an effort to enable younger scholars to field larger-scale studies, TESS conducted a Special Competition for Young Investigators. This Special Competition was limited to graduate students and individuals who are who were no more than 3 years post-Ph.D. Winning projects were fielded at a size up to twice as large as a regular TESS study (click here for information on usual respondent/item limitations). Click here for a list of the winners.
Who can submit to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?
When can I submit to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?
How do I submit to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?
What are formatting guidelines for Competition proposals?
When is the deadline for submission?
Do projects have to be experiments?
Do I have to get IRB approval?
How will projects be reviewed?
Can I resubmit a proposal that is rejected?
How are special stimuli (video clips, news articles) counted as items?
The Special Competition for Young Investigators is limited to graduate students and scholars who are no more than 3 years post-Ph.D. While proposals can be co-authored, all investigators listed as co-authors must be early-career (no more than 3 years post-Ph.D.).
Proposals will be accepted from June 15, 2013 through September 15, 2013.
Proposals should be submitted through TESS’s Manuscript Central site (link available here). The cover letter for proposals must indicate that they are intended for consideration in the Young Investigators Proposal Competition, and investigators must also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org when they have submitted their proposal indicating that it is intended for the competition.
What are formatting guidelines for proposals submitted to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?
Submitted proposals must follow the same guidelines as regular TESS proposals, except that they are allowed to be up to 7 pages of main text instead of the usual 5. Proposers must explain why their projects benefit from the larger study size that this Competition allows than the regular TESS mechanism. As usual, experimental materials and items must be included as appendices. Proposals should be in PDF format.
The deadline for the Special Competition is 5:00PM Central Time on September 15, 2013.
Yes. See here for an elaboration of what we mean by an experimental design.
Investigators for all TESS studies must receive appropriate approval from their institutional IRBs before we field their study. Typically, investigators wait until after their study has been approved for fielding before pursuing IRB approval.
Submitted proposals will be peer-reviewed. We do not plan to make decisions about winning proposals until all of the proposals received before the deadline have been reviewed. Winning projects will be allowed to be fielded at a size up to twice as large as a regular TESS study (click here for information on usual respondent/item limitations).
We may invite some proposals that do not win this competition to revise-and-resubmit as a smaller study via the regular TESS mechanism, but otherwise rejected proposals cannot reapply through the regular mechanism unless invited.
For regular TESS proposals, the ultimate arbiter of length for any TESS study are length determinations made by our survey vendor (GfK) for pricing studies. For purposes here, a stimulus will be considered one item unless its estimated time of administration is longer than 45 seconds, in which case it will be counted as more than one item. A stimulus that requires more than 90 seconds to administer needs to be submitted using the regular TESS mechanism rather than the Special Competition.