Grand Canyon National Park Research Permitting PolicyIt is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to guarantee that management of parks is enhanced by the highest quality scientific information. Understanding our natural and cultural resources is vital to improving park management and expanding scientific knowledge. Research will be allowed as long as it can be conducted in a manner that does not threaten or diminish the resources for which Grand Canyon National Park was established.
This screening process is designed to ensure that park resources and visitors are not unduly affected by the research, that all investigators are treated fairly, and to allow appropriate tracking and reporting of park research. A researcher must be an official representative of a reputable scientific or educational institution or governmental agency. Students who propose to conduct research studies must have a representative from their institution or agency serve as either the Principal Investigator or a co-Principal Investigator.
How To Apply
Grand Canyon National Park hosts over 80 research projects annually. Every project must be reviewed to ensure that it satisfies regulatory requirements, is appropriate to the park setting, meets accepted scientific criteria, and does not unduly impact park resources or the visitor experience. Understanding Grand Canyon's resources is vital to improving park management and expanding scientific knowledge.
To apply for a Scientific Research and Collection Permit, go to the National Park Service's Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS) web page and submit the following:
Proposals submitted to other agencies and peer reviews received from that process may be photocopied and submitted in partial fulfillment of these requirements. Two Peer Reviews are required as part of the GRCA research permit application package. You may choose to use the peer review forms provided or submit your own.
Submit all paperwork as far in advance as possible to allow time for the review process, which can take up to 90 days.
Any direct assistance you might need from the park, such as logistical support or study site selection, should be requested with your permit application. GRCA's logistical support capabilities are quite limited and will be assigned according to management priorities.
Please contact the Research Permit Office (928) 638-7447 for assistance and additional project information.
How Your Application is Processed
Once the online application, proposal, and peer reviews are received, they are checked for completeness
and prepared for consideration by the Research Review Team by:
Following project review by the Research Review Team, the proposal will be either:
Once Grand Canyon National Park approves a new research project and issues a research permit, an electronic copy (pdf) of the permit is emailed to the Principal Investigator (PI) for signature. Once signed by the PI, the signature page is to be returned to the Research Permit Office for the final signatory process. A copy of the completed signature page is then sent to the PI and the entire permit is to be carried with all research party members while conducting field work.
Additional research and monitoring efforts are conducted by the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC), located in Flagstaff, AZ. A summary of these projects are found below. If you have questions regarding any of these projects, please contact Grand Canyon's Research Coordinator at 928-638-7447 or email us.
Studying Changes in Upland Landscapes and Archaeological Sites (5 MB)
Last updated: December 4, 2023