We're awarding £10,000 ($14,000) in research funds. And you decide where it goes!

We’re giving away £10,000 in research funds. And you decide where it goes!

You are Prolific’s grant proposal review board! :tada:

At Prolific, we want to empower great research. Our mission is to make trustworthy data more accessible to everybody, in order to facilitate world-changing insights.

But, we know that these insights don’t come cheap. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Research Grant Competition where we’re giving away £10,000 ($14,000) worth of Prolific credit.

The next bit is about assessing the entries. If you’d like to enter, find out more here.

The Community’s Role

To enter, applicants will post their short research proposals on this forum, where you can assess them and vote for the best ones. Our team will then review the five proposals with the most votes, and award the funding in accordance with our evaluation criteria.

How do you assess proposals?

Please try to be as fair, and impartial as possible. Only vote for proposals that you really feel have the potential to make a positive impact. Think about the following things when evaluating a proposal:

  • Does it have the potential to advance existing knowledge?
  • Does it have the potential for positive real-world impact?
  • How aligned is it with scientific rigour and the principles of Open Science (e.g., preregistration, commitment to making all research material available, intention to publish in an open access journal)?
  • Is the study design clear and of high quality (including prescreener selection, power analysis, planned pilot studies, and appropriate analysis plan)?
  • How suitable is it for the Prolific platform? (Note: We cannot support overly complex studies, or ones that require the collection of personally identifiable information. Read about the kinds of complex studies we can support).

Proposals will be posted on our dedicated channel over the coming weeks as separate topics, and you’ll be able to vote for your favourites.

When is the deadline? And when are winners announced?

Proposals can be posted from today (May 5th 2021) until June 30th 2021 at midnight (GMT).

We will take a couple of weeks to assess the applications and announce the winners on the forum, our blog, social media and email as soon as possible.

If you’ve got any questions, let me know! :slight_smile: