SESYNC Invites Proposals for Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research

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Mar 01, 2019


SESYNC Invites Proposals for Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research Projects

Applications for both Pursuits and Workshops are due May 15, 2019 at 5pm ET.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) requests proposals for collaborative and interdisciplinary team-based research projects under two programs: Pursuits and Workshops.

SESYNC is a synthesis research center that brings together diverse groups in new, interdisciplinary collaborations to identify solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. We invite proposals for synthesis projects focused on tools, methods, and other practices applicable to actionable team research on socio-environmental problems.

We encourage those interested in these opportunities to discuss their ideas with SESYNC prior to developing their proposal. Discussions with team leaders can often help determine if an idea is appropriate for SESYNC, as well as how syntheses might be structured to achieve strong interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary outcomes. Please contact to schedule a conversation.

You may also find our videos on Tips for Submitting Your Research Proposal and Lessons Learned for Interdisciplinary Collaboration helpful as you develop your proposal.


Pursuits are highly interdisciplinary synthesis research projects that address pressing socio-environmental problems. Pursuit teams are composed of 10-12 members who meet at our center in Annapolis for three to four meetings of three to five days each over the course of 18-24 months.

SESYNC has a tradition of announcing focal themes with each RFP and below we announce new thematic topic areas. However, there are many potential projects with great applicability to socio-environmental problems that fall outside these themes.  Accordingly, we are also open to exciting and creative project proposals outside the topical areas listed below:

  • Social and Environmental Dimensions of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Global Change and Health
  • Freshwater and Ecosystems in a Changing World
  • Socio-Environmental Implications of Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects

Pursuit applicants are encouraged to develop research questions and methods for results that will be applicable across multiple places and scales, and can inform decision makers. Projects that can bring together quantitative and qualitative data and knowledge are of special interest.

Proposals must be uploaded to SESYNC’s online submission system by May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

More details on the Pursuit RFP can be found here.


Teams interested in applying for a Workshop, a single meeting of up to ~25 participants, may focus on a broad topic or a set of related topics relevant to socio-environmental synthesis. Workshops may summarize and/or synthesize the state of the topic and/or identify future directions that have the potential to lead to a larger synthesis effort.

Proposals must be uploaded to SESYNC’s online submission system by May 15, 2019 at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

More details on the Workshop RFP can be found here

Other Opportunities

SESYNC also invites proposals for its Sabbatical, Policy & Practice, and Maryland Fellowships, in addition to its Short-Term Visitor program. Application instructions for each program can be found on our website. 


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