The data produced at LTER sites are an extraordinary scientific resource that can inform a wide variety of questions. Among-site comparisons interrogate the generality of effects observed at particular sites. Modeling efforts employ long term observations and experiments to formulate and test rigorous descriptions of theory. Scaling exercises get at the continental or even global impacts of documented effects. LTER synthesis working groups organized through the LTER Network Office (LNO) support collaboration on these and many other types of questions.

Types of proposals and synthesis groups:

  1. (This RFP) 2024 Competition for full synthesis proposals. Funding is available for two (2) projects of two (2) years in duration. The LTER core thematic areas are especially accessible for synthesis, but proposals in other areas are also welcome. Working groups should plan on up to three (3) in-person meetings of up to 15 individuals each. Larger or longer meetings will be considered if the proposers can bring additional funds from non-LNO sources.
  2. 2025 Competition for Scientific Peers Advancing Research Collaborations (SPARC) Proposals. SPARC awards fund travel expenses, logistical, and analytical support for a single in-person workshop, embedded in series of virtual meetings. SPARC funding is most appropriate for development of early-stage ideas. We are not considering SPARC proposals this year, but expect to fund three (3) SPARC projects in 2025.

Key Dates

Wed. April 9 at 9:00 a.m. PST
Informational Webinar

Wed. June 26, 5:00 p.m. PST
Proposal Due Date                             

August 2024
Awards announced                              

September 2024
Projects begin                                      

For additional information, please contact for submission details or for overall questions.