Call for Proposals

*Acceptance Period Now CLOSED*

To promote the analysis and synthesis of Arctic data, as well as to inform ongoing development of the data repository, the Arctic Data Center is soliciting requests for proposals for a Synthesis Working Group, with research to begin by October 2018.

Funding is available for one Working Group, consisting of hosting two 3-5 day meetings at the Arctic Data Center in Santa Barbara, California, with approximately 15 participants each, over an anticipated 1-1.5 year period.

Proposals must focus on Arctic-related research issues, including at least some explicit human dimensions, and primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) involve the analysis and synthesis of data contained within the Arctic Data Center Repository. Proposals will be reviewed by the Arctic Data Center’s Science Advisory Board for intellectual merit and broader impacts, but consideration will also be made as to the availability and sources of data needed by the project, as well as how the project will serve to evaluate and inform future directions for the Arctic Data Center’s services. Principal Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the Arctic Data Center to briefly discuss ideas before submitting proposals.


Date Action
March 26, 2018 Call for proposals opens
May 23, 2018 Call for proposals closes
July 2018 Accepted proposal announced
October 2018 Working group research begins

Important Documents

Details about submitting proposals and a spreadsheet template to assist with budgeting are available here:

  • Arctic Data Center Synthesis Working Group Proposal (docx | PDF)
  • Excel Budget Template Worksheet (xlsx)


Submit proposals to


About the Arctic Data Center

The Arctic Data Center is operated out of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara under National Science Foundation award no. 1546024. The Center provides excellent on-site meeting facilities and support for remote collaboration; comprehensive capabilities for computing on advanced servers; and consultation and training for associated researchers on collaborative analysis, data collation, scientific workflow construction, and both in-person and virtual collaboration techniques.

The Arctic Data Center is an NSF-funded archive for Arctic science data and related research documents. Operational since March 2016, the Arctic Data Center is a national partnership, led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the NSF-funded Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). The long-term Arctic Data Center repository allows for the preservation and sharing of data spanning many disciplines from the Arctic, now and into the future.