Posted by: nucleargal | December 11, 2010

Call for Terrorism Survey Research (Funding Offer)

Terrorism survey research funding offer from TESS

Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) is partnering
with The Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division (HFD) of the
Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate
to launch a special competition to fund survey experiments that will
advance our understanding of questions central to HFD’s mission. The
deadline for this competition is JANUARY 21, 2011.

TESS is an NSF-supported infrastructure project that enables faculty,
graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to conduct original
experiments on nationally representative samples at no cost to
investigators. Investigators simply submit a five-page proposal,
which is peer-reviewed. Successful projects are fielded by Knowledge
Networks, a leading internet-based survey firm.

HFD sponsors social and behavioral science research focused on a range
of topics including understanding the causes of terrorism, and
assessing the efficacy of efforts developed to counter it.

A number of surveys have been conducted on issues related to
terrorism/extremist violence and governmental countermeasures, but
these studies have not allowed for an in-depth, theoretically informed
exploration of factors that may contribute to terrorism-related
attitudes, beliefs, judgments, and behaviors. To fill this gap, HFD
and TESS are partnering to sponsor a set of survey experiments.

We invite researchers from multiple social and behavioral science
disciplines to submit brief proposals (5 page maximum) describing an
experiment to test theoretically-derived hypotheses about the factors
that affect individuals’ attitudes, beliefs, judgments and/or
behaviors related to (a) terrorism/extremist violence and/or (b)
government policies and measures to counter terrorism/extremist

There are many social scientific domains that could be fruitfully
brought to bear on these issues, and we seek applications from a broad
range of scholars. Although far from exhaustive, potential areas of
relevance include:

– Attitudes and attitude change
– Judgment and decision-making
– Risk perception
– Cognitive biases
– Belief formation and change
– Stereotyping and prejudice
– Affect and emotions
– Social and contextual factors (e.g., social networks, social roles)
– Personality and individual differences
– Policy preferences
– Mass communication
– Media effects

Proposals will undergo peer-review and will be assessed in terms of
(a) scientific merit, (b) broader impacts, and (c) relevance to HFD’s

Guidelines for proposals for the special competition are the same as
for other TESS proposals. These guidelines are provided on the TESS
website ( The website also
provides contact information for TESS staff and principal
investigators for any additional questions.


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