Pre-announcement: Call for rotating modules


The call for external academics to apply to field questions in Round 12 (2025) of our survey will be published next month (February 2022).

In each wave of the European Social Survey (ESS), we ask around 200 questions - most of which form part of the core questionnaire that is asked in every round.

Additionally, teams of researchers are invited to apply to field around 30 questions on a single topic - the chosen proposals make up two rotating modules that are fielded in each round.

Each rotating module covers a single academic and/or policy concern within Europe and is primarily drafted by an external cross-national team whose proposal is chosen by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).

The chosen Question Module Design Teams (QDTs) will then work closely with the Core Scientific Team (CST) to develop their rotating modules.

Applications will be invited for new topics and repeat modules.

New modules may either cover a completely new topic to the ESS or cover a topic or module that has previously been included but using a different approach.

Repeat modules provide an opportunity to explore how attitudes and behaviour towards a given topic may have changed over time.

At least two-thirds of the items in the repeat module must be administered in an identical formal to those in the earlier module.

Most items in proposed modules should be relevant to all ESS respondents (adults aged 15+), with routing that targets particular sub-groups kept to a minimum.

In Round 9 (2018/19) of our survey, the rotating modules were Timing of life - originally fielded in Round 3 (2006/07) - and a new module examining Justice and fairness, from an economic standpoint.

In Round 10 (2020/21) of the ESS, the subjects being covered are Europeans’ understandings and evaluations of democracy - repeated from Round 6 (2012/13) - and Digital social contacts in work and family life - fielded for the first time.

In Round 11 (2023), rotating modules are being included on Social inequalities in health and their determinants – repeated from Round 7 (2014-15) – and Gender in contemporary Europe: rethinking equality and the backlash, a new module for this round.

Multi-national teams will be invited to apply for the opportunity to design a rotating module addressing a topic of academic and or policy relevance across Europe to be included in Round 12 of the ESS.

Round 12 fieldwork will take place between February and December 2025 - the survey data collected will be available for analysis in 2026.

It is possible that Round 12 may include a mix of data collection approaches between countries, with some national teams carrying out face-to-face fieldwork and others using self-completion or mixed-mode approaches.

Academic teams will therefore need to give consideration to how their module can be implemented across modes (including face-to-face interviewer-administered surveys, web and paper self-completion).

As with Round 11 (2022/23), there will be a two-stage application process for Round 12 rotating modules. Stage one applications are expected to be due in May 2022.

The application process will be completed by late 2022, with work on the chosen Round 12 rotating modules due to begin in January 2023.

Visit our Source Questionnaire section to read the successful abstracts, team compositions and proposals from previous rounds