SESYNC: Propose a Workshop

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: May 15, 2018 2:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 13, 2018 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: District of Columbia

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SESYNC: Propose a Workshop

Workshops are single meetings of up to ~25 participants that focus on a broad topic or a set of related topics related to socio-environmental science and/or socio-environmental problems. 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. We are particularly interested in projects that explore new modeling approaches, tools to advance modeling, or education materials associated with socio-environmental modeling (e.g., systems dynamics modeling, network modeling, agent-based modeling).

Teams should be highly interdisciplinary (natural and social scientists), and we encourage the inclusion of individuals from outside of academia (e.g., governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, the business sector). Projects co-developed by academic researchers and non-academic knowledge users (from the NGO, private, and government sectors) are encouraged. SESYNC places priority on teams whose members have not had extensive prior collaborations with one another. Please see out website for examples of successful projects.

For workshops, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) funding provides:

  • travel, lodging, and meals for participants in accordance with our Travel Policies;
  • meeting facilities;
  • on-site computing support; and
  • the opportunity to engage with Postdoctoral and Sabbatical Fellows at SESYNC headquarters in Annapolis, MD, or at our research affiliate, Resources for the Future, in Washington, D.C.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Workshop proposals will be ranked with regard to the following:
    • novelty, creativity, and/or urgency of the proposed workshop within the context of SESYNC’s mission;
    • feasibility to produce meaningful advancements, including identifying distinct and achievable goals and showing ability to access appropriate resources;
    • qualifications and disciplinary diversity of participants;
    • if successful, produce meaningful synthetic research or advance the process of synthesis;
    • inclusion of diversity to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups with respect to gender, ethnicity, disability, and geographic location; and
    • explanation of why SESYNC is the most appropriate way to support the proposed endeavor.