Request for Proposals

The Polarization Research Lab is very happy to announce that we have opened our first RFP for survey time.  Similar in spirit to TESS, we are looking for innovative work on polarization, democratic/social norms, and political violence (all broadly defined).  Proposals will be evaluated solely on scientific merit and will be awarded based on available survey space.  Proposals will be blindly evaluated. Selected proposals will be fielded on YouGov as part of our weekly tracking survey.  Proposals may be experimental or not. For expediency, we will only offer feedback to proposals selected for fielding.  

Applications are due October 15th. Review will occur on a rolling basis.

Submissions are open to faculty, postdocs and phd students and are not limited to US scholars.

Submissions are intended to be very short. 

Example application:


Common content:

  • You will have access to our core survey items (view here).
  • You will also have access to panel demographic variables (view here).

Each application must include (each is an individual file):

  • Proposal (1 page):  This should identify the importance and contribution of your design (i.e., how the study will make a valuable contribution to science). Proposals need not be based on theory and can be purely descriptive. 
  •  Design (as long as needed): Your design document must detail any randomizations, treatments and collected measures.
  • Survey content: A document with the proposed survey content (in this format)  (for an example, see here)
  • IRB approval letter/certificate (for this first round, proof of submission is acceptable).
  • PAP: A pre-analysis plan specifying the exact analytical tests you will perform. Either or are acceptable. A link to the PAP is required.
  • Code and simulated data: Working R code and simulated data for your proposed project in our format. We have prepared an R Markdown file to generate the necessary code and data (example file). Please submit both the R Markdown (.rmd) and the compiled PDF.
  • Sample request and justification (1 page):
    • Requested N (and power analysis or simulation-based justification)
    • A request for a particular number of respondent-items with justification.


  • Incomplete or noncompliant proposals will not be reviewed
  • All submitted materials must be anonymized.
  • You cannot select when the study will be fielded
  • All proposals will be fielded on a representative sample, with no special subsampling.
  • One application per cycle (including co-authorship)
  • Each proposal can only be submitted once
  • You can include up to six units of content using the TESS framework (, unless compelling scientific justification is provided.
  • No video or audio treatments are allowed
  • There is a maximum possible sample of 2,000 (unless compelling justification is provided in the application).  
  • Interventions to reduce polarization or improve support for democratic norms are prioritized
  • Focused on US sample at the moment
  • Deception will require a debrief, which counts as an item.

Data and transparency

If selected, your proposal will be made public on our website after fielding has completed.  Data will be provided to the authors and reserved for their exclusive use for twelve months, after which the data and the submitted R script will be made public with an attribution license.  This means that anyone can use the data with citation to the authors of the proposal.  

We do not expect authorship for any collected data, but do ask for a citation to our lab in any manuscripts.