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Toolik Field Station (TFS) Projects

  • Researchers new to Toolik Field Station (TFS) are encouraged to visit the Toolik website.
  • Please contact Dr. Syndonia Bret-Harte at the Institute of Arctic Biology for a letter of support to accompany your proposal.
  • Please contact the Toolik Environmental Data Center Manager for assistance with locating new research sites in the Toolik vicinity.
  • Projects may be subject to various permitting requirements, and Battelle ARO suggests that researchers plan 6 months of lead time for any activities, including construction support such as boardwalks, remote power systems, support buildings, etc.
  • Researchers should budget for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land use permit fees in their proposal budgets. Those planning any research activity on BLM lands must submit a permit application. On average, fees for the BLM are roughly $1,000 per year. If your project includes potential disturbance to the tundra from the construction of a building, a large tower, or if fieldwork includes numerous ground impacts from research activities (e.g. digging long trenches), the initial cost of the permit could be up to $5,000.
  • NOTE: Some institutes require payment for the duration of the project up front. For example, if the permit fees work out to $1,000 per year for a three-year project then researchers will need to budget for $3,000 for permit fees during the first year of the project.
  • Research sites may be subject to a BLM site rental fee of $200 per site, per year. All fees should be included direct-to-grant.
  • Any experiment causing wear or erosion to the tundra resulting from repeatedly walking to a research site or working in the same area would likely require boardwalk to meet BLM permit requirements. Please request that Battelle ARO include costs for boardwalk materials and installation in your Battelle ARO proposal estimate.
  • The application for a BLM land use permit can be found here.
  • In addition to the BLM, Alaska state lands are subject to different permitting and permitting fees.
  • Researchers working at TFS, see the permit flowchart at the Toolik website for more information.

Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow) Projects

  • Planning for Battelle ARO supported field work by NSF-funded projects in Utqiaġvik is done by Battelle ARO partner, Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) Science. UIC Science staff provide project permitting and on-the-ground logistics support. Researchers new to Utqiaġvik are encouraged to visit UIC Science Support.
  • All projects are subject to permitting. Battelle ARO assists with applications and fees for UIC and North Slope Borough (NSB) permitting. Battelle ARO also conducts environmental impact consultations with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
  • Additional permitting may be required for researchers accessing sites on BLM-administered lands or waters in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska, which includes Elson Lagoon. Please contact Donna Wixon for further information. Researchers should include costs for all BLM permitting direct-to-grant; the estimated BLM land use permit fee is $1000 per year.
  • Researchers should include costs for commercial air tickets and consumable items such as meals direct-to-grant.
  • Battelle ARO can assist with outreach related to your research project. Examples include local radio interviews, presentations at the local cultural center, visits to schools, and meetings with the Barrow Whaling Captains Association. When working in outlying communities, a hosted community meeting is very appropriate. If you wish to conduct outreach, please budget for travel to Utqiaġvik or the remote village in advance of (and potentially after) your fieldwork.
  • Please consider and include direct-to-grant funds for both the cost of shipping project supplies and equipment to Utqiaġvik, as well as costs related to the retrograde of equipment, unused chemicals, and waste at the project's end.