SESYNC Invites Proposals for Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research

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Mar 23, 2017

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. Proposals are invited 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 with any questions.


Teams interested in applying for a Pursuit should address a pressing socio-environmental problem. Proposals do not need to fall within one of SESYNC’s previous themes or one of the new Themes listed below. Researchers are encouraged to develop research questions and methods that can be applicable across multiple places and scales, and have the potential to inform decision makers. Projects that can bring together quantitative and qualitative data and knowledge are of special interest. Pursuit teams should be comprised of no more than 15 members who will meet at our Center in Annapolis for two to four meetings of approximately three to five days over a period of one to two years.

In this Request for Proposals we are introducing two NEW Themes, and have a particular interest in developing portfolios of projects to address aspects of each.

New Themes:

Teams applying for one of these two Themes should be comprised of no more than 10 participants, including team leads. All members of synthesis teams funded under these two Themes must be available to participate in their first and final meetings together at SESYNC.

Click here for complete details. Proposals must be uploaded to SESYNC’s online submission system by May 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


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. Workshop proposals are not required to fall under a Theme.

Click here for complete details. Proposals must be uploaded to SESYNC’s online submission system by May 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT.

Other Opportunities

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

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