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TESS's Special Competition for Young Investigators

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 now conducting a Special Competition for Young Investigators. This Special Competition is limited to graduate students and individuals who are who were no more than 3 years post-Ph.D. Winning projects will 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 will begin accepting proposals for the Special Competition on November 15, 2015, and the deadline is January 9, 2016.

TESS last ran a similar competition in 2013. The winners are listed here.

 

Who can submit to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?
When is the deadline for submission?
Do projects have to be experiments?
How many proposals will win this competition?
How do I submit to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?
What are formatting guidelines for proposals submitted to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?
Do I have to get IRB approval?
How will projects be reviewed?
If my proposal is rejected, can I resubmit a smaller version as a regular TESS proposal?
How are special stimuli (video clips, news articles) counted as items?

 

 

Who can submit to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?

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.).


When can I submit a proposal? When is the deadline?  

We will begin accepting proposals for the Special Competition on November 15, 2015, and the deadline is January 9, 2016.


Do projects have to be experiments?  

Yes. See here for an elaboration of what we mean by an experimental design.


How many proposals will win this competition?  

We anticipate that between 5 and 7 proposals will be selected.  We do not know the number of proposals that we will receive.  We do not wish to discourage any proposals, but we do note that this is a competition for a significant research opportunity and that, as such, we anticipate receiving far more applications than what we will ultimately have resources to support.


How do I submit to the Special Competition for Young Investigators?  

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 tess@tessexperiments.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.


Do I have to get IRB approval?  

You do not have to have IRB approval to submit, but, once accepted, 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.

IRB support information from GfK (formerly Knowledge Networks)


How will projects be reviewed?  

Proposals will be evaluated with a process that uses internal and external review. While all proposals will be carefully considered, not all proposals will receive external review, and while investigators will receive some feedback beyond the ultimate decision, the reasons provided for why a proposal was not selected for fielding might not be extensive. These limitations are necessary in order to maximize the overall timely execution of the competition.


If my proposal is rejected, can I resubmit a smaller version as a regular TESS proposal?  

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.


How are special stimuli (video clips, news articles) counted as items?  

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.

 


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