National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) announces Spring 2020 RFP to open February 3rd

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) announces that its Spring 2020 request for proposals for collaborative team-based synthesis research will open Monday, February 3, 2020. Details about the proposal process can be found on the SESYNC website (online at:

SESYNC encourages proposals from teams of 10–12 people for pursuits that synthesize data, develop and apply models, and couple quantitative and qualitative data/information in new ways. We are particularly interested in novel, actionable research efforts that take innovative approaches to synthesis methodologies.

We will once again be seeking projects that fall under our long-standing themes: Any Pressing Socio-Environmental Problem(s); Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus; Global Change and Health; Freshwater Ecosystems in a Changing World; and Socio-Environmental Implications of Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects. Additionally, our new themes this year include exploring novel technologies’ impact on socio-environmental outcomes; the use of remote sensing and National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data in examining human dimensions; and the environmental impacts and opportunities for environmental improvement related to urbanization trends. More information about these new themes is forthcoming.

We encourage you to discuss your ideas with SESYNC prior to developing your proposal. Discussions with team leaders can help determine whether an idea is appropriate for SESYNC, and how syntheses might be structured to achieve strong interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary outcomes. Projects that bring together quantitative and qualitative data and knowledge are of special interest.

Please see our website for examples ( of successful projects. SESYNC provides expertise in modeling, data analysis, database management and other technical support for teams that need assistance. Our office sponsors travel, lodging, and meals for participants. All meetings are held at our facilities in Annapolis, MD.

Applications open February 3, 2020 and will close March 30, 2020.

Please contact our research manager ( with questions.