PSA seeking Rapid and Impactful Study Proposals on COVID-19

PSA seeking Rapid and Impactful Study Proposals on COVID-19

Deadline: 17 March 2020

The Psychological Science Accelerator (PSA) is the largest consortium of research psychologists in the world. Behavioral scientists can play an important role in combating the growing COVID-19 pandemic if they quickly take action to collect high-quality data from large, global samples.

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The PSA wants to team up with researchers working on important questions related to this pandemic.


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The PSA is soliciting proposals for studies that can be conducted online. Studies should be relatively easy to conduct. They are only interested in applied, not basic, research. Research proposals from multi-disciplinary teams (e.g., health researchers, psychologists, and data scientists) will be prioritized.
Proposals should not exceed 1 page. This one page should include the basic research question, (very briefly) the relevant literature, identify whether the research is exploratory or confirmatory, and how the research will contribute to reducing the effects of the current crisis.
If confirmatory, the researchers should clearly identify the hypothesis/hypotheses and the needed sample size for answering their research question. If exploratory, the researchers should identify how data will be used to generate hypotheses.
In addition, if exploratory, the researchers will have to identify how they will use methods including – but not limited to – cross-validation for greater certainty about the generated ideas.
If feasible and volunteers are available, the network may be able to assist with translation into the major world languages. However, if you need your study conducted in multiple languages, they encourage you to have a translation plan in place.
PSA offers

The PSA is offering to share study proposals to the PSA network in order to connect interested and available collaborators to high-quality projects concerning COVID-19. The PSA currently comprises over 700 researchers from labs in over 70 countries.

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PSA does not offers

This call for proposals is truly exceptional and is not going through the normal PSA study pipeline, they cannot guarantee the same levels of support standard PSA studies receive.
In particular, they cannot guarantee a minimum number of collaborators or data collection labs, nor can they guarantee official support through their committee structure.
Nevertheless, they will share the selected studies with their network, and they strongly suspect that PSA members may volunteer their time and expertise to help with aspects of your study (e.g., data management, analysis support).
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