Lab Facilities

CESS maintains two experimental labs at Nuffield College, University of Oxford and at The University of Santiago, Chile, and will soon be adding a third lab in Pune, India.

Nuffield CESS Santiago CESS FLAME CESS
25 Partitioned Computer stations -
Each station features a DELL Optiplex 9020 and a 22in wide screen monitor at a resolution of 1920x1080
24 Partitioned Computer stations -
Each station features a DELL Optiplex 9020 and a 23in wide screen monitor at a resolution of 1920x1080
34 Partitioned Computer stations -
Each station will feature a docked laptop and a wide screen monitor at a resolution of 1920x1080
Subject Pool (as of Mar 2017)
>1900 registered Student
>1500 registered Non-student
Subject Pool (as of Mar 2017)
>1000 registered Student
~500 registered Non-student
Subject Pool coming soon!

Mobile Lab Facilities

CESS is expanding its ability to perform experiments in locations other than it’s central lab facilities. Our current offerings are below.

Nuffield CESS Santiago CESS FLAME CESS
Coming soon!
We will be adding a set of tablets to our inventory soon!
16 Windows tablets -
These tablets are capable of running the same software we use in the lab, easily enabling experiments to be run across locations.
34 Windows Laptops -
The FLAME lab is being built from the ground up with lab-in-field experiments in mind, so all of the hardware is being selected so that it may be used outside the lab as easily as inside.

Online Facilities

CESS maintains growing online opt-in participant pools in the United Kingdom, Chile, India and China. Our goal is to provide a non-deception subject database that minimizes overlap with existing student pools while providing greater variation of social and geographic background.  Experiments are priced on a per subject base, depending on the duration of the study, location, and affiliation status.

United Kingdom Chile India China
2500 subjects. 2500 subjects. Recruiting. Less than 1000. Recruiting. Less than 1000.

Minimum subject payments per 10 minutes is £1 in the UK. For information on other countries, please inquire at cess-online@nuffield.ox.ac.uk. Additional costs involve setup costs for the experiments and administration fees.  We furthermore provide administration and subject management services for custom solutions involving third party respondent providers. In that case additional charges for VAT maybe incurred.

Costs and Payments

The CESS Facilities are available to all social science researchers who conform to CESS rules and ethical standards. The price for running experiments at CESS depends on the nature of the experiment and the affiliation of the applicant(s).

Lab Experiments:

Lab experiments at CESS are priced on a per session basis. In addition to the cost of each session, experimenters are responsible for subject payments, including the show up fee of £4 for the Nuffield Lab and $2000 (CLP). Average subject earnings should typically be between £10-£15/hour at Nuffield and $6000-$7000 CLP at Santiago, though higher average payments are permissable.

Session costs:

  Nuffield CESS Santiago CESS FLAME CESS FLAME CESS (offsite)
Affiliated Academic Reseachers £175 CLP$25000 ₹1000 ₹3000
Nonaffiliated Academic Reseachers £480 CLP$25000 ₹1500 ₹5000
Nonaffiliated Non-academic Reseachers £748 CLP$25000 TBA ₹10000

Programming costs:

Nonaffiliated Researchers conducting reseach at Nuffield CESS currently receive 20 hours of programming included in their session costs. Additional programming costs for all experimenters will be charged at £35/hour.

Invoicing and Terms of Payment

CESS will invoice experimenters for the total cost of the approved experiment. Included in the total cost will be estimates of the subject payments. The invoiced amounts must be paid in full before the experiment can be scheduled. Any additional costs associated with programming or subject payments will be invoiced after completion of the experiment. Terms of payment for these invoices are 14 days.