For Researchers

Research Proposal Submission

The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is administered and managed by the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service as a site for long-term research on forest hydrology and ecosystem processes. In order to perform research at Hubbard Brook, you will need written permission from Dr. Scott Bailey, lead scientist for the Northern Research Station.

To assist the Forest Service in making the decision as to what research will be allowed, we have established the Research Approval Committee (RAC). In making its recommendation, the RAC considers a number of factors related to: (1) the relationship of the proposed project to the overall Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study (how does this project fit into the overall study; why is it important for this research to occur at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, as opposed to some other site); (2) the scientific merit of the proposed research; (3) the integrity of the site (e.g. how will this research impact the Forest or other ongoing research projects); and (4) the extent to which the proposed research compromises or enhances ongoing efforts. The RAC's critical review of proposals to work at Hubbard Brook helps ensure that the scientific value of the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is maintained for the future.

Thus, it is the responsibility of the proposer to become familiar with the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study and its research, before preparing a proposal for new research, so that the above criteria may be properly addressed as part of the proposal approval process. Note that the RAC is not influenced by the proposer's funding situation. The existence of grant funds for you to work at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest does not ensure that your proposal will be approved by the RAC and Forest Service.

It is often useful to propose your preliminary ideas to the RAC before you try to obtain grant funds. This is especially recommended for experiments that involve manipulation of plots or watersheds, for proposals that will involve a large area, or where there are complex relationships to current or past research. Researchers are invited to contact Dr. Bailey at any time for advice on when it would be most appropriate to initiate proposals for new research. Also, proposers are required to discuss selection of study sites with Ian Halm, site manager, and to report on the results of this conversation in the proposal.

The RAC meets twice each year: once in October (proposal deadline September 15); and once in April (proposal deadline March 15). All proposals that have accumulated by the deadline will be considered by the RAC during those meetings. Plan accordingly to allow time for review and processing before you would like to begin work. Click the link below to access the on-line proposal form. Proposers are encouraged to contact Scott Bailey with any questions they may have prior to preparing an application.

The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is managed by the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service as a site for long-term research on forest hydrology and ecosystem processes. In order to perform research at Hubbard Brook, you will need written permission from Dr. Scott Bailey, lead scientist for the Northern Research Station and chair of the Research Approval Committee, at
   U.S. Forest Service, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest
   234 Mirror Lake Road North Woodstock, NH 03262
   Phone: (603)726-8902

   How to submit proposals...
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