The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis was initiated in 1995 to promote synthesis, analysis, and multidisciplinary collaboration directed toward addressing important questions in ecology and allied disciplines. The Center seeks projects that address the development and testing of important ecological ideas and theories using existing data, cutting-edge analysis of ecological information, research on data access and use, use of sound science in policy and management decisions, and investigating sociological issues that pertain to the science of ecology.

NCEAS requests proposals for Working Groups, with research to begin before the end of 2012. Funding is available for 6-12 projects. Our Science Advisory Board is most interested in proposals anticipated to return high impact results within the first year of the project, although researchers are invited to consider how their research might proceed over a 2 year period. Projects with explicit applications to biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, or disease ecology are of particular interest, but we will consider any topic that is aligned with our broader mission. Project co-funding is also welcomed. Principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact NCEAS ( to briefly discuss ideas before submitting proposals.

Proposals may be submitted by individuals of any nationality who hold a position in an academic institution, free-standing research institution, scientific society, governmental or policy agency, non-governmental organization, or a consortium of such institutions. Proposals are welcome from first-time applicants and from scientists and social scientists from fields other than ecology. Proposals also may involve activities with partial support from matching funds or one or more other institutions or agencies.


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