Gorilla Grants

The Gorilla Exper­i­ment Builder is offer­ing grants to MSc and PhD stu­dents and early career researchers (PhD+5 years adjust­ed for parental leave) want­i­ng to run an online study.

This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to receive a grant to address your own research ques­tion (indi­vid­u­al­ly or as a group) at the start of your career and to be at the fore­front of a new method­ol­o­gy in psychology.

Gorilla Grants at a glance:

  • Career stage: MSc, PhD, Post­doc­tor­ate and Early Career Researchers.
  • Where your host organ­i­sa­tion is based: All coun­tries welcome!
  • Prizes for Win­ners: 10,000 tokens in total worth £7,500 (valid­i­ty 1 year).
  • Prizes for Final­ists: 50% off vouch­er for 250 tokens (valid­i­ty 1 year).
  • Come for the tokens, stay for the hap­pi­ness, pros­per­i­ty, and ever­last­ing suc­cess! Check out how our pre­vi­ous win­ners have done!

What we offer:

  • A Q&A series to help with tech­ni­cal issues, dis­cuss best prac­ti­cies in online behav­iour­al exper­i­men­ta­tion, and answer any ques­tions you may have about the grant appli­ca­tion and assess­ment process.
  • Prizes!
    • We will give away up to 10,000 tokens worth £7,500 in total. Depend­ing on the num­ber of appli­ca­tions, we will either award, 20 * 500 tokens or 40 * 250 tokens.
    • We know that apply­ing takes time, so every per­son that sub­mits a com­plete appli­ca­tion and pro­gress­es to the lot­tery but does­n’t win tokens will instead get a 50% off vouch­er for up to 250 tokens.


You can apply if you are study­ing for an MSc, PhD, or start­ing your career in post-doc­tor­al research. For a group appli­ca­tion, the group leader must be des­ig­nat­ed as the appli­cant and first author.

All appli­cants must:

  1. Write up a project pro­pos­al (we pro­vide a template).
  2. Cre­ate the exper­i­men­tal pro­to­col with­in Gorilla.
  3. Sub­mit the appli­ca­tion form (down­load link will be sent to you after you reg­is­ter below).


Win­ners are expect­ed to:

  1. Col­lect data online via recruit­ment ser­vices (Pro­lif­ic Aca­d­e­m­ic, etc.) or social media.
  2. Pub­lish a pre-print or sub­mit an arti­cle for pub­li­ca­tion before March 2022. The appli­cant should be named as the first author.
  3. Post their task/experiment to the Gorilla Open Mate­ri­als Repos­i­to­ry at an appro­pri­ate point.
  4. Par­tic­i­pate in a spot­light inter­view to show­case your research on our web­site.

New to Gorilla?

Get accli­mat­ed and don’t hes­i­tate to reach out for help:

  1. See what Gorilla can do by look­ing at our sup­port samples.
  2. Check out our recent BRM pub­li­ca­tion: Gorilla in our Midst.
  3. Watch some onboard­ing videos. or if you pre­fer read­ing, check out our get­ting start­ed guide which explains all the basics clear­ly and precisely.
  4. See how other stu­dents and researchers use Gorilla in our spot­lights.
  5. Watch our videos from the BeOnline2020 con­fer­ence to learn all about doing research online.
  6. Help is only a few clicks away, and we pride our­selves on our cus­tomer support!

How to apply:

  1. Cre­ate a free Gorilla account.
  2. Reg­is­ter your inter­est using your uni­ver­si­ty or lab email address below.
  3. Cre­ate your proof-of-con­cept pro­to­col in Gorilla.
  4. Com­plete and send your appli­ca­tion form to [email protected] togeth­er with sup­ple­men­tary mate­ri­als (CV).


Key Dates:

  1. Con­test open date: 6th of August 2020
  2. Appli­ca­tion dead­line: (Extend­ed to) 15th of Novem­ber 2020
  3. Win­ners announced: 27th of Novem­ber 2020