Research Applications

Guidelines on Completing Research Applications


May 7, 2020 Update. RMBL is now taking housing requests from scientists for 2020. The head PI for each lab group should fill out this HOUSING REQUEST FORM by 8 am on Monday, May 18. The first round of housing assignments will be made shortly after this date. At this point we will contact groups with confirmed housing to complete the formal application process.  Contact the Contact the Director of Administration with questions.

Please read the Rate Schedule and the RMBL Research Code in addition to completing the appropriate application. Email the Executive Director or Science Director before submitting an application for New Research.

  • If you are a New Principal Investigator (PI), fill out a New/Renewal Application by Februray 1.
  • If you are a Principal Investigator (PI) and your research approval has expired, fill out a New/Renewal Application by Februray 1.
  • Collectors who are not otherwise doing research should fill out a Collection Application by February 1.
  • If you have an approved research plan that is current, please fill out the Continuing Application. There is no deadline. Please feel free to fill out the Continuing application at your convenience and as your plans become clear.
  • Members of a PI’s research team will need to complete either the Research Assistant or Visiting Scientist Application.  EACH INDIVIDUAL AT RMBL WILL FILL OUT THEIR OWN APPLICATION.  The only exception is for family members who are all living together and will have a single bill for their stay.

Contact the Science Director, if you don’t fit into one of these categories or have questions.  Late applications can be accepted in most cases, though there is a late fee.  Simple supplementary research projects can be added to an approved research plan by Feb.1 with no fee.  After Feb.1, there is a fee to review supplementary research projects.

All of the applications to conduct research at RMBL are located ONLINE.  Fellowship applications and Animal Care forms may be submitted to the Science Director (

Everyone who attends RMBL must fill out a waiver every year; these can be completed once you arrive.

We are now accepting applications for 2020.

Researcher ApplicationFebruary 1 for New/Renewals and Collector Applications. Continuing form has no deadline
MS-Word copies of:
New/Renewal application
Continuing application
Collector application
For reference only; these 2019 versions are very similar to the 2020 application
Portable Weather StationFebruary 1 Weather Station fee is $1/day
Animal Care FormFebruary 1
Graduate Fellowship Form February 15
Research Fellowship for Scientists Form February 15
Returning_Student_Form February 15
Research AssistantNo deadlineMS-Word version (for reference only - this older version is very similar to the online version)
Visiting ScientistNo deadlineMS-Word version (for reference only - this older version is very similar to the online version)
Alumni/Guest Registration nonesubmit at least 48 hours prior to arrival

RMBL Publications and Data
We ask that you provide citations to your recent RMBL publications and, whenever possible, datasets and metadata for research conducted at RMBL.  Please contact the Science Director for more information.

Project Start Dates
Applications for New or Renewal of Research submitted before October 15th begin the year in which they were submitted while applications submitted after October 15th will begin the following year.

Project End Dates
Projects end April 15th in the year after they expire. In other words, if a research plan is submitted on Jan. 15, 2010 for five years, that project would become inactive as of April 15th, 2015.

RMBL Research Committee
The mission of the RMBL Research Committee is to review all proposed research and other projects with the goal of ensuring the long-term success of the RMBL as a world-class institution for research and education in field biology.

In collaboration with the RMBL Science Director, the Research Committee considers the best use of finite RMBL resources as it strives to facilitate and promote the work of all scientists.  It considers scientific, educational, and other benefits of proposed activities, balances these against any possible negative impacts, and contemplates whether RMBL is the most appropriate place for the activities.

The Research Committee is especially interested in fostering the work of early career scientists, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and beginning principal investigators.

The Science Director, Jennie Reithel, and any member of the Committee will be happy to discuss project ideas and designs and possible overlap with other RMBL projects with anyone interested in working at the Lab.  The Research Committee is chaired by Ken Whitney; its members are RMBL PIs Jessica Forrest, Rebecca Irwin, Kate Maher, Nate Sanders, Rosemary Smith, James Thomson, as well as Jen Darnell, a scientist on the RMBL Board and Scott Fishman, a member of the local community.


Genetic Experiments
Genetic experiments that involve moving genetic material among organisms of different species, in a way that would not naturally occur, will be scrutinized carefully and may be denied in some cases.  The risk that genes could escape and cause ecological disruption is weighed against the perceived scientific value of the proposed research.  Scientists proposing this type of genetic experiment must submit a pre-proposal to the Science Director by October 1 or 7 months prior to initiation of the research, whichever comes first.