SESYNC: Propose a Workshop

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

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Anticipated deadline: Mar 30, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Humanities & Social Science Anthropology & Cultural Studies Environment

Applicant type: Research Scientist, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty, Organizations

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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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. Even in a Workshop setting, a synthesis of existing data, knowledge, methods, etc. should emerge. 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., government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), 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
  • 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.


  • Workshops must meet the following criteria to be considered:
    • There may be no more than 25 total participants
    • Projects should have two PIs/team leads
    • At least one PI/team lead must be based at a U.S. institution
    • Graduate students are not eligible to apply as PIs/team leads for this opportunity, although they may participate in workshops. SESYNC offers a separate Graduate Student Pursuit program for students wishing to lead working groups.
    • The project cannot involve collection of new empirical data


  • Workshop proposals will be evaluated 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
    • Potential to 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
    • Explanation of why SESYNC is the most appropriate way to support the proposed endeavor.

This page was last reviewed August 07, 2020 and last updated August 07, 2020