Ein probabilistisches Mixed-Mode Access Panel
für die Sozialwissenschaften

Regular Proposal Submission

Before you submit a proposal, please note the following points:

  • Preparing your proposal involves providing several information about your research project by reading and filling out our submission documents (see below).
  • Your questionnaire must conform to the GESIS Panel Survey Style Guide. The GESIS Panel cannot accept studies that do not conform to the Style Guide. 
  • Further, you can find some examples of "What makes a good questionnaire?" in our FAQ about questionnaire design.
  • Please note that we also consider study submitters as future reviewers.

Preparing your proposal involves filling out the proposal submission form, creating your survey using the Unipark survey development environment, and preparing a set of submission materials as outlined in the 'Read_1st_GESIS Panel Proposal Submission Procedure'.


Make sure that the following files have been duly prepared as specified above:

Please send us all files via email: info(at)gesis-panel(dot)org.

  • The GESIS Panel does not accept commercial projects. Moreover, as the aim of the GESIS Panel is to survey people, not to manipulate them, experiments designed to manipulate respondents are not suitable for the GESIS Panel.
  • Data collection and data usage for academic purposes is in most cases free of charge
  • Planned third-party funded projects to which the GESIS Panel agrees to collect data for their research proposal are required to cover part of the incentive costs. Further information is available on request
  • There are limited slots for funded projects. If you intend to run a funded project in the GESIS Panel please let us know as early as possible to adjust timely possibilities of data collection.
  • Funded projects cannot be given priority over other research projects.
  • The GESIS Panel welcomes proposals for single-wave studies (i.e., cross-sectional designs) as well as multiple-wave studies (i.e., longitudinal studies including multiple cross-sectional designs and panel designs).
  • Only studies that take full advantage of the entire panel can be considered; cohort or sub-sample studies are not eligible for consideration.

Researchers may wish to use the services of the GESIS Pretest Lab prior to submitting their proposals/questionnaires. The GESIS Pretest Lab supports researchers in optimizing their survey questions prior to data collection in order to ensure high quality of the collected data.

ZIS stands for the Collection of Items and Scales for the Social Sciences (German: ZIS - Zusammenstellung sozialwissenschaftlicher Items und Skalen). ZIS contains more than 250 instruments, e.g. items for measuring political attitudes or personality. Click here for more information on the documentation of existing Items and Scales for the Social Sciences.