We welcome proposals from various social science fields, such as sociology, psychology, political science, economics, and criminology. Detailed evaluation criteria for writing a proposal can be found on our GESIS Panel Proposal Submission Site.
Proposals can be submitted by academics at universities or non-commercial research institutes. The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects.
Yes, but studies funded by third-party applications must contribute to survey costs if the GESIS Panel reserves survey time in specific waves in advance. If you plan to conduct a third-party funded survey in the GESIS Panel, please contact us at least one year before the start of the project. Further information is available on request. The collection of survey data for non-funded research projects is free of charge.
We welcome proposals in English because our review procedure may involve international reviewers. Survey instruments may be submitted either in German or in English. However, because GESIS Panel surveys are fielded only in German, English-language instruments must be translated into German after positive peer review of the proposal. Translation costs must be borne by those submitting the proposal.
Regular proposals can be submitted throughout the year; there is no specific deadline. Fast-track submission dealines end two months before each wave.
We try to evaluate each proposal in a timely manner and to inform you of the outcome within two months, if possible.
The following demographic variables are collected: month and year of birth; citizenship; country of birth of the respondent; year of immigration; country of birth of the respondent's mother; country of birth of the respondent's father; marital status; if single/widowed: has a life partner/joint household with partner; school leaving certificate; intended school-leaving qualification; vocational training; university degree; employment status; labor force status; occupational group; number of children under 16 living in the household; income of the respondent; household income.
The GESIS Panel Team will consider your wishes concerning the preferred period between waves.
After the review process, some alterations to your study questions may be necessary. Hence, the length of time between acceptance of your proposal and the fielding of your study depends on how extensive these alterations are and how quickly they can be implemented. It also depends on the compatibility of your proposed fielding time with our wave schedule.
A regular submission undergoes a detailed review process which may take up to three months. Once your study has been accepted, the GESIS Panel team will decide in which wave your study can run. After your study has been fielded, the data preparation and publication can take four to six months.