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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 FY24 specifically for the Critical Zone Collaborative. This will be a separate call for proposals with a separate review process with a submission deadline of January 31, 2023. 

Powell Center Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2023

CZ Collaborative Proposal Deadline: January 31, 2023


“How To” Webinar: When: November 7th, 2022, at 11am MT/1pm ET

Dr. Jill Baron, co-Director of the Powell Center, presented a webinar on how to develop a strong proposal for 2024 Working Group consideration on November 7th, 2022, at 11am MT/1pm ET. The webinar is designed to provide insights to increase your understanding of the Powell Center and the proposal process.

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

For additional information on the webinar, contact