Call for Proposals – USGS John Wesley Powell Center

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 00:00 to Friday, February 26, 2021 - 00:00

The John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis fosters innovative thinking in Earth system science through collaborative synthesis activities. This mission is driven by the recognition that synthesis is critical to solving complex problems facing Society.

We invite interdisciplinary Working Groups comprised of USGS researchers and their national and international colleagues in academia and government to submit proposals. Working Groups collaborate to promote understanding through analysis of existing data and information. The Powell Center seeks projects that address development and testing of important Earth system science ideas and theories using existing data, cutting-edge analysis of Earth system information, and use of sound science in policy and management decisions. Proposals that consider and address National Science Foundation Big Ideas are also welcome ( 

Proposals are evaluated for scientific merit, novel approaches, and rationale for conducting investigative activities at the Powell Center.  

Instructions for proposal preparation and submission are available at:

The Powell Center will also be hosting one synthesis Working Group in FY22 specifically for the Critical Zone Collaborative. This will be a separate call for proposals with a separate review process with a submission deadline of February 26, 2021. 

Powell Center Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2021
CZ Collaborative Proposal Deadline: February 26, 2021

For additional information on the proposal process, contact Dr. Jill Baron at or Dr. Martin Goldhaber at

For additional information on the webinar, contact Marcia McNiff at

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