CZNet Synthesis Opportunities for 2024!

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Posted: April 21, 2024

CZNet Synthesis Opportunities for 2024!

The CZNet Hub invites researchers to submit proposals for two-year synthesis projects in Critical Zone science. This call for proposals will support two to three new teams of up to 15 scientists to convene for a week over two years at the John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis in Fort Collins, Colorado. Successful proposals will address CZ questions that cross disciplinary and site boundaries. We are especially interested in proposals that include collaborations with multiple current Critical Zone Network clusters or cluster-affiliated projects. Proposals are due January 15th, 2024. Funded projects will begin in 2024.

With this new call for proposals, we encourage participation of early career scientists and efforts to include diverse perspectives in synthesis working groups. An in-house data manager/data scientist will be provided (at no cost to working groups) to boost data practices on funded synthesis projects. Additionally, we will be offering a limited number of need-based stipends (up to $10,000) to facilitate the inclusion of scientists who may be at institutions where they do not have financial support to participate in synthesis working group. For each stipend request, include the proposed budget amount and a brief explanation of (1) why there is the financial need for a particular individual and (2) what special contributions that individual can bring to the working group.

Proposals must include a plan and appropriate personnel to address data curation and data publishing needs. Data management/data scientist expertise will be available to working groups and must be included in proposals, if needed, at a maximum level of 20% full-time equivalent. It is not necessary to include CZHub-provided personnel for working groups that have their own solutions for data efforts.

A virtual seminar on writing successful synthesis proposals will be held on November 16 at 1:00 PM ET. The link for joining this Teams meeting is available here. Information on proposal preparation is also available at Powell Center. Unlike proposals submitted in response to the Powell Center call for proposals, CZNet proposals do not require a USGS Principal Investigator. Investigators are encouraged to contact Jill Baron or Jordan Read prior to submission to discuss ideas. For more information email,,, or