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) are intended to support collaboration on these and many other types of questions. In the 2022 competition, the LNO expects to award 2-4 synthesis working groups at a funding level of up to $110,000 for up to two years. Required proposal elements and instructions are below.
Proposals are due October 12, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Required Proposal Elements
- 2022 Request for Proposals (download pdf)
- Budget Worksheet (download spreadsheet)
- Personnel Template (download MS Word document)
- Data Sources Template (download MS Word document)
- August 24, 2022 at 9 a.m. PDT: Informational Webinar
- October 12, 2022: Proposals Due by 5 p.m. PDT
- January 2023: Awards announced
- February 2023: Projects begin
For further questions please contact email@example.com for submission details or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for overall questions.
New for this year: SPARC Proposals
We’re excited to introduce Scientific Peers Advancing Research Collaborations (SPARC) working groups this year. These groups receive funding for a one off meeting at NCEAS for up to twelve people. There are two main ways groups can use SPARC funding. Funds can be used to help groups develop novel synthesis ideas into a full project, or can be used to help existing projects wrap up their synthesis efforts. In other words, SPARC proposals are designed to give groups a little extra push so they can begin/finish a synthesis effort.
The Network Office is able to provide up to 3 small awards for travel expenses up to $20,000 each.
What makes a synthesis working group?
LTER synthesis working groups do:
- analyze and synthesize LTER data
- employ data from multiple sites (The archive of LTER data is freely available and searchable at the Environmental Data Initiative.)
- involve individuals who are familiar with the sites and data
- draw on publicly available data
- make derived data products publicly available
- strive to follow best practices for reproducible science
LTER synthesis working groups may:
- include data and researchers who are not part of the LTER Network
- address LTER’s five core and 2 supplemental thematic areas
- address novel and important questions that do not fall under the core areas
LTER synthesis working groups do not:
- collect new data
- fund salaries