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FYI. Funding and software for online RT studies (UK)


Gorilla Awards in Behavioural Science

Gorilla Awards in Behavioural Science offer funding support to early career researchers wanting to run a single online study to:

  1. Address a novel hypothesis, or
  2. Run a replication study online.

This is an opportunity to receive funding to address your own research question at the start of your career and to be at the forefront of a new methodology in psychology.

Scheme at a glance

  • Career stage: PhD, Postdoctorate and Early Career Researchers
  • Where your host organisation is based: UK
  • Level of funding: Up to £2,500
  • Duration of Funding: 1 year
  • All applicants: Entitled to 50% discount on Gorilla Licences
  • Funding from: Cauldron

We hope to offer similar schemes in other countries in due course. If you would like to be kept informed, please join our mailing list by sending an email to news@gorilla.sc with the subject GRANTS.

Eligibility and suitability

Who can apply

You can apply for a Digital Award if you are studying for a PhD, starting your career in post-doctoral research or working on a research project under a Principle Investigator. If you think you’re starting your career and that the funding would benefit you, that’s good enough!

All projects must:

  1. Create a protocol within Gorilla
  2. Collect novel data via SONA, mTurk, Prolific Academic or other recruitment channel
  3. Publish the results of their findings

Letter of support:

You will need a letter of support from your supervisor or PI. This should state:

  • That they believe the study has merit, and should result in a publishable paper.
  • That they will provide you with their support and time to conduct, write up and publish this original research.
  • That the applicant has a position within their institution for the duration of this grant.

You will also need a letter of support from your host institution.

Research Questions:

Cauldron seeks to support behavioural scientists by creating online experimental platforms. Our ultimate ambition is to support the transfer of their findings into front-line evidence-tested interventions in health, wealth, happiness and education.

We will be most interested in applications that address important questions that might ultimately lead to successful interventions in our areas of interest above. This may be by creating a novel test that could be used to measure the success of an intervention, or by creating a prototype of the intervention itself.

We are also interested in applications that seek to investigate the limits of conducting perceptual and behavioural research over the internet.

What we offer:

All registrants will be given a 30 day free trials of the Gorilla Pro licence.

All applicants will have the free trial extended to the 13th March and be entitled to a 50% discount on any Gorilla licence after that.

The ten applicants that are shortlisted for interview will be entitled to a free Gorilla Code licence (worth £1,000 + VAT) for one year and help and support with the research platform. These candidates will be free to use Gorilla in other projects that they are involved with.

In addition to receiving a free Gorilla Code licence, two applicants will also receive up to £2,500, which can be used to cover the costs of participant and recruitment expenses only.

How to apply:

  1. Register by sending an email to grants@gorilla.sc with the subject REGISTER
  2. Create a free Gorilla account here
  3. Create your protocol in Gorilla
  4. Add Gorilla Grants as a collaborator to your project folder
  5. Complete and send your application form to grants@gorilla.sc together with additional supporting material
  6. Review and shortlisting to 10 applications
  7. Interview (via Skype) of shortlisted candidates
  8. Selection of 2 applicants to receive the funding

Document Format: We prefer to receive application in word format, but we will also accept a searchable PDF.

Prolific Academic offer a useful tool for calculating the recruitment and participant cost of your research:

Key Dates:

  1. Registration deadline: 1st December 2016
  2. Application deadline: 15 January 2017
  3. Shortlisting: 17 February 2017
  4. Interview: w/c 6th March 2017
  5. Decision: 13th March 2017
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