Submit your proposal for a meeting or working group on evolution and the social sciences

Deadline: September 1, 2011 or January 1, 2012

Proposals are now being accepted for meetings, working groups, and other synergistic activities which explore the intersection of the evolutionary and social sciences at the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent).

We welcome proposals that seek to understand the value of evolutionary thinking in a particular social science, or conversely, how social science can inform evolutionary studies of human (and perhaps, other species') biology. In particular, proposals that are significantly interdisciplinary, and that demonstrate international participation and a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students, are encouraged. Minority participation is also an important consideration in evaluation.

NESCent invites researchers to submit proposals for two kinds of meetings:

Catalysis Meetings: These one-time meetings bring together ~30 scientists from diverse disciplines to focus on a major question or research area in evolutionary science. Catalysis meetings typically last for 3-5 days.

Working Groups: Working Groups involve small groups of scientists (10-12 participants) collaborating intensively on the analysis or synthesis of data, models or both, to address a major question in evolutionary science. Working groups will typically meet 3-4 times over two years, with each meeting lasting 3-5 days.

Synergistic Activities: We also strongly encourage linkages among our science programs (see url below). We invite proposals that plan synergistic activities between two or more of the following: working groups, catalysis meetings, postdoctoral fellows, sabbatical scholars, short-term fellows, and graduate students. Proposals for each of these must be submitted separately; they should include a clear statement of linkage between proposals (including clear identifications in each of the separate proposals of which proposals are linked).

NESCent will not support collection of new data or field research, but encourages the mining of public and private databases. NESCent is committed to making data, databases, software and other products that are developed as part of NESCent activities available to the broader scientific community.

To learn more about the various types of proposals, and the proposal process, please visit /science/proposals.php, or contact Dr. Allen Rodrigo ( or Dr. Craig McClain (

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