All persons interested in conducting research at the Glovers Reef Research Station are asked to submit a proposal for review using the GRRS Research Proposal Form. All student groups are required to submit a curriculum plan which will be reviewed by WCS (see section on Student Educational Groups).
Use of the station is based solely on approval by the Wildlife Conservation Society. All proposals should be emailed as an attached document in Microsoft Word format to the Operations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Principal Investigator will be considered responsible for the project, scientifically and administratively, and will be the main contact for GRRS staff unless a qualified alternate has been designated. Research proposals will be vetted to ensure they fit within the station’s mission and comply with the GRRS Research Guidelines. Investigators will be notified by email of successful project proposals and applications.
Scientific Research Permit
Following acceptance of a research proposal by WCS, the Principal Investigator will be responsible for submitting the research proposal to the Belize Fisheries Department in order to obtain the necessary Scientific Research permit. No researcher will be allowed to use the station without first obtaining the necessary Belizean permits or letters of authorization. WCS can facilitate the process by submitting the proposal on the researcher’s behalf. The Belize Fisheries Department charges a non-refundable 250 USD fee, which WCS is able to pay and add to the final station costs. Additional information and details regarding research permits can be obtained by contacting the Fisheries Administrator directly at the following address:
Department of Fisheries
Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries
P.O. Box 148
Belize City, Belize
Progress Reports and Renewals
As part of the scientific research permit conditions, a progress/final report is required for all projects and should be submitted to the Belize Fisheries Department upon completion. Permit renewals will not granted without a progress report. WCS requests a copy of the report, which should be sent to the GRRS Operations Manager.
Process to be able to conduct research at GRRS:
1) Submit research proposal that is in compliance with GRRS Research Guidelines, and have proposal approved by WCS
2) Acquire scientific research permit from the Belize Fisheries Department (WCS can help, if needed)
4) Submit a progress/final report to the Belize Fisheries Department and GRRS upon completion of research
The Operations Manager must inform the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve manager of all visiting researchers prior to arrival at the station. Visiting researchers are also expected to introduce themselves to the Marine Reserve staff and provide a briefing on their permitted research including methodologies and study sites before initiating work (see GRRS Research Guidelines).