National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Spring 2020 RFP now open

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) announces that its Spring 2020 request for proposals for collaborative team-based synthesis research around emerging socio-environmental topics is now open. We kindly ask that you explore the announcement (online at: and share this opportunity with colleagues and departments that are especially strong in your field. Deadline: March 30, 2020.

SESYNC encourages proposals 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 employ synthesis methodologies in new ways. SESYNC provides expertise in modeling, data analysis, database management and other technical support for teams that need assistance.

We invite innovative and creative proposals for Pursuits and Workshops on any pressing socio-environmental problem, as well as Pursuit proposals that fall under our focal themes. In addition to our long-standing themes of Global Change and Health; Socio-Environmental Implications of Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects; and Environmental Dynamics and Food Systems, this spring, we invite applications for projects that fall under three new themes:

  • Transformative Technologies
  • Demographic Shifts and Environmental Impacts
  • NEON-Enabled Socio-Environmental Synthesis.

Supported Pursuit teams of 10–12 members will meet at our center in Annapolis for 3 meetings of 3–5 days each over the course of 12 months; and supported Workshops of up to 25 participants will meet at our center for a single meeting, which may focus on a broad topic or a set of related topics relevant to socio-environmental synthesis.

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. Please contact our research manager ( with questions. Projects that bring together quantitative and qualitative data and knowledge are of special interest.

Please see our website for examples ( of successful projects. Our office sponsors travel, lodging, and meals for participants. All meetings are held at our facilities in Annapolis, MD.

Application deadline: March 30, 2020

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