We periodically invite scientists to submit research proposals for collaborative, synthesis projects in both basic and applied environmental science. If selected, research teams meet one to two times per year at our headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA to focus on their projects.
Successful proposals present research questions that could benefit specifically from the synthesis of existing data and analysis by an interdisciplinary team. Learn more about our working group model.
We also issue calls for postdoctoral researchers to support a working group of one of our research programs, join us as a postdoctoral fellow, or conduct their own independent research. Postdoctoral researchers are typically based at our headquarters in Santa Barbara.
Current calls for proposals
Arctic Data Center Synthesis Working Group | Deadline May 23, 2018
To promote the analysis and synthesis of Arctic data, as well as to inform ongoing development of the data repository, the Arctic Data Center is soliciting requests for proposals for a Synthesis Working Group, with research to begin by October 2018. Funding is available for one working group, consisting of hosting two 3-5 day meetings at the Arctic Data Center in Santa Barbara, California, with approximately 15 participants each, over an anticipated 1-1.5 year period. Proposals must focus on Arctic-related research issues, including at least some explicit human dimensions, and primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) involve the analysis and synthesis of data contained within the Arctic Data Center Repository.
Science for Nature and People Partnership Teams | Deadline June 6, 2018
The world’s biggest conservation and sustainable development challenges demand innovative solutions. The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) takes on this key challenge and believes that successful solutions cannot be achieved by a single organization acting alone. SNAPP announces its 2018 Request for Proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams and invites you to be a part of the solution!
Download the Request for Proposals for more details and to apply
Calls for proposals are typically associated with one of the following initiatives.
Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP)
SNAPP is our collaborative initiative with The Nature Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Society to fill important knowledge gaps and advance solutions to challenges that lie at the intersection of nature conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being. Teams are typically a mix of academic and non-academic researchers, sometimes also including experts from the realms of policy, management, and business. Calls for proposals are typically issued once a year between February and April.
To get a sense of what SNAPP looks for, download the last call for proposals.
Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network
Through the LTER Network Communications Office, we solicit proposals for projects that synthesize and analyze data from one or more LTER sites. While all relevant ideas will be considered, the selection committee is most interested in ideas that could have high-impact results in the five core LTER thematic areas: 1) primary production, 2) population studies, 3) organic matter dynamics, 4) mineral cycling, and 5) disturbance patterns and processes. Principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the NCO to briefly discuss ideas before submitting proposals.
To get a sense of what LTER looks for, download the last call for proposals.
Occasionally, we convene one or more working groups to tackle a specific issue of interest to a funding partner, such as a foundation, consortium, or government agency. Recent examples include the State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP) project, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality Project, funded by the TomKat Foundation and University of California Office of the President.