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Data-Intensive Analysis and/or Modeling for Socio-Environmental Synthesis

Description:

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites proposals for data-intensive analysis and/or modeling projects that advance socio-environmental synthesis research. This funding opportunity covers two types of projects:

  1. The pursuit of novel, question-driven, and synthetic research into linkages between social and environmental system dynamics that would not be otherwise possible without the use of computationally-intensive data analysis and/or modeling; OR
  2. The development of advanced data analysis and/or modeling tools that enable cutting-edge socio-environmental synthesis research.

Proposals that credibly combine the two are especially welcome.

Successful candidates will lead strongly data- and/or modeling-driven research efforts that synthesize understanding at the interface of the social and environmental sciences. Competitive proposals will: 1) bring together social and environmental data in novel ways to address critical socio-environmental research questions that are also actionable or 2) attempt to advance modeling and/or analytical techniques beyond current applications which may be limited to a single scale of analysis, type of data, and/or disciplinary lenses. Successful candidates will be supported by SESYNC’s technical and research staff if assistance is required to execute the proposed computational tasks.

Visit SESYNC’s website for more information.

Submission Details
SESYNC hopes to catalyze collaborations across a broad range of areas. Proposals are welcome from Principal Investigator(s) (PIs) at any career stage—faculty, research scientist, postdoctoral, or senior graduate student. Project teams might include experts from domains traditionally engaged in social and environmental sciences with quantitative and/or qualitative skills, as well as those from domains that do not typically work in the socio-environmental context (e.g., computer scientists).

Proposals will be evaluated bi-annually. The deadline for this round is August 4, 2014, at 5 p.m. (EST).

All funding decisions will be based on external peer review by an international panel.

Questions regarding the content or scope of possible projects should be directed to Dr. Nicholas Magliocca at nmagliocca@sesync.org.