Themes (general research topics that may include a variety of related research questions) are identified by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) through a community-driven process. SESYNC funds a limited number of research projects, or Pursuits, under each Theme. A Pursuit is designed to facilitate face-to-face engagement of researchers at the Center in Annapolis, and synthesis originating from these interactions should address the goals of a particular SESYNC Theme. Generally, Pursuits last one to two years and involve two to four meetings of approximately three to five days. The composition and number of participants in a Pursuit will depend on the skills, expertise, backgrounds, and time necessary to complete the proposed activities.
Requests for proposals are issued twice each year with proposal submission deadlines of May 15 and October 15. Funding is determined on the basis of a review conducted by the SESYNC Scientific Review Committee in July and December.
National Science Foundation synthesis centers are not designed to fund the collection of original (raw) field data, but do fund the collation of information/data that already exists in a highly dispersed or currently unusable form, as well as the integration and analysis of different types of information/data, synthetically derived data products, model building, and other creative processes.
- Ecological Wealth & Changing Human Populations
- Globalization & Socio-Environmental Systems
- Assessment & Modeling of Ecosystem Services
- Water, People & Ecosystems
- Learning to Integrate Across Natural & Social Sciences
- Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services
- Data-Intensive Analysis & Modeling for Socio-Environmental Synthesis
- Thematic Pursuits for Graduate Students
- Building Resources for Complex Action-Oriented Team Science
- Social & Environmental Dimensions of the Food–Energy–Water Nexus