Submission Instructions: Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

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Deadline: October 9, 2013
Apply Link: Online Submission System

The U.S. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and two German national research centers—the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Synthesis Centre (sDiv) within the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig—are pleased to announce an international opportunity for socio-environmental synthesis research on “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.”

Please include the following requirements using single spacing, 12-pt type fonts, and 1-inch margins. Save all parts of the application as a single PDF, and upload your proposal via SESYNC’s online submission system here.

If you have any questions during the submission process, please contact Jessica Marx, SESYNC’s Research Program Manager, at

Cover sheet (1 page)

  • Descriptive title of proposed project
  • Short title (25 characters max)
  • Name and contact information for two Principal Investigators (PIs)
  • Project summary (250 words) – appropriate for the public; to be posted on all three centers’ websites
  • Keywords (up to five keywords different from those used in the title)
  • Proposed start and end dates of meetings at the three centers (see summary of schedule here)
  • Potential conflicts of interest with members of the SESYNC External Advisory Board or Leadership, UFZ Staff or Boards, or iDiv Directors or Staff

Main body (3 pages max including references)

  • Problem statement – clear and concise statement including three separately-headed sections: the social or environmental synthesis to be undertaken; how it will contribute to the overall goals of the three centers to foster actionable socio-environmental synthesis science or policy; and how it relates to the research topics outlined by the RFP
  • Proposed activities – brief description of the proposed activities, including a description of any modeling to be done, software development, education activity, and intended data with any permissions needed for their use
  • Metrics of success – what metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the proposed project

Potential Participants (1 page)

Each team should generally have no more than five members; however, larger-sized teams will be considered if justified. Please complete a table with the following column headers for the PIs and members of your team and include it in your application:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Affiliation (include department)
  • Website Address
  • Primary Area of Expertise
  • Secondary Area of Expertise
  • Confirmed (Y/N)
  • Prior Collaboration with Applicants (Y/N)

Diversity Statement – include a paragraph describing the aspects of diversity in your participant list. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, disability status, career stage, geography, and type of home institution.

Other Information (1 page)

  • If applicable, briefly describe any anticipated needs for cyberinfrastructure (CI) support. This should include descriptions of data sets to be used during this project; new data sets or software/databases to be developed; high performance computing needs; data aggregation or fusion required; and types of visualization. Applicants should review SESYNC's IT and data sharing policies and are encouraged to contact SESYNC CI staff prior to submission if the project’s needs are beyond the scope of services outlined in these documents.
  • Work plan with budgetary needs: this is not in dollars, but do provide: 1) numbers of trips by year (broken down by nationality of each participant and days of support) and 2) other anticipated support. (See summary of schedule here.)

Short CV of the PIs (two pages for each)

  • Do not include talks, society memberships, or papers in preparation.

Online Submission System

To submit your application, click here.

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