SESYNC Invites Proposals for Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research

Feb 03, 2020

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Announces Spring 2020 Request for Proposals for Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research 

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together diverse groups in new, interdisciplinary collaborations to identify solutions to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. SESYNC announces its Spring 2020 Request for Proposals for collaborative and interdisciplinary team-based research projects under two programs: Pursuits and Workshops. Please see details regarding these programs below.

SESYNC invites proposals for pressing socio-environmental synthesis projects focused on tools, methods, and other practices applicable to actionable team research.

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 whether 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. In your email, include a paragraph and/or short concept document about your project ideas (even if they’re not fully developed) to help us put you in touch with the appropriate person at SESYNC.

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.  


SESYNC provides support to convene Pursuit teams of 10-12 people from diverse backgrounds. Pursuits are highly interdisciplinary synthesis research projects that address pressing socio-environmental problems. Pursuit teams meet in intensive bursts at our center in Annapolis for 3 in-person meetings of 3–5 days each over 12 months. 

We invite innovative and creative proposals on any pressing socio-environmental problems. Below we list several focal themes for the Spring RFP: 

  • Any Pressing Socio-Environmental Problem(s) 
  • Global Change and Health
  • Socio-Environmental Implications of Large-Scale Infrastructure Projects
  • Environmental Dynamics and Food Systems
  • Transformative Technologies
  • NEON-Enabled Socio-Environmental Synthesis.

Pursuit applicants should develop research questions and methods for results that will apply across multiple places and scales, and can inform decision makers. We are interested in projects that can bring together quantitative data, qualitative data, and diverse knowledge.

Proposals must be uploaded to SESYNC’s online submission system by March 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 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 March 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 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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