National Science Foundation American National Election Studies Competition

Date Posted:
Deadline for Notice of Intent (NOI):12/19/17
Agency Deadline:02/21/18
Limit on Number of Proposals:One- KU-L and KUMC: Considered independent organizations.
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The Political Science Program invites investigators who possess the theoretical, methodological, measurement, and managerial skills, as well as the institutional resources, to submit proposals to conduct the American National Elections Study (ANES) in one of two modes, face-to-face or web. The ANES is a personal interview survey, national in scope, that collects data on voting, public opinion, and political participation. The basic ANES design is a repeated, cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of adults. The ANES interview conducts two 75 minute interviews with each respondent. One interview occurs prior to the presidential election while the other occurs after the election. Part of that time is devoted to core items and the remainder is devoted to new or relatively new items. The “core” consists of questions that regularly appear on the ANES, allowing for long-term comparisons.

The ANES awards will fund the following activities:

  • Data collection for the ANES around the 2020 presidential election
  • Pre- and Post-election face to face interviews
  • Sample based on a random probability based sample
  • Survey instrument development for the ANES
  • Survey design, innovations, and continual enhancement of the survey and survey items
  • Post data collection editing, processing, and generation of constructed variables, data files and codebooks
  • Data dissemination through a cutting-edge web-based data archive
  • Support for the Board
  • Interaction with the principal investigators of the GSS and PSID
  • Interaction and coordination with the principal investigators of the ANES Web to create common content across the two modes
  • Participation in the Cooperative Study of Electoral Systems in the post-election survey (Face-to-Face award)
  • Develop the survey to act as a true mode comparison with the Face-to-Face instrument (Web award)
  • Interaction and coordination with the principal investigators of the other ANES award to create common content across the two modes

The ANES Face-to-Face award may be supported by a cooperative agreement up to $7,250,000 over the duration of the project.  The ANES Web award may be supported by a cooperative agreement up to $4,250,000 over the duration of the project.  

Limited Submission Proposals Procedure:
Notice of Intent Procedure:

If you are interested in submitting to this opportunity, please Click Here * to submit a Notice of Intent form. You will be asked to provide your name and the names of any KU Co-PIs or senior personnel on the project team.

Please contact if you have questions or experience any difficulty submitting the NOI form.

Please submit your NOI form or send an email NOI to, by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, the respondents will be asked to submit a brief pre-proposal for review by an internal selection committee.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy Biles at or 864-7434.

Contact:Nancy Biles: 785-864-7434