An ElsBlog friend, Jennifer Robbennolt (Ill.), seeks to raise awareness of the TESS project (described below) and the opportunities it presents for legal researchers and asked that I share the following information. I am happy to oblige.
Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) is an NSF-supported infrastructure project that enables scholars (including graduate students, post-docs, and faculty) to conduct original experiments on nationally representative samples at no cost to the investigator.
TESS proposals are peer-reviewed and successful projects that are fielded using a nationally-representative internet survey panel (Knowledge Networks). This platform offers the opportunity for surveys of the general United States population, as well as specific subpopulations that are often challenging for researchers to study.
The application process is simple, and the turn-around time is generally quite fast -- and our expanded capabilities mean that scholars can now conduct more complicated experiments than in the past.
To learn more about our capabilities and eligibility, visit the TESS website at: http://tess.experimentcentral.org