The RPRS serves three documents: Application, Permit, and Investigator’s Annual Report.
- The application is an OMB Paperwork Reduction Act approved form which permit applicants use to request permission to conduct scientific research activities in park unit(s).
- The NPS Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is an agreement between an individual and the National Park Service. The agreement defines permissions to conduct scientific studies, and the permit holder’s obligations to the National Park Service.
- The Investigators Annual Report (IAR) is an OMB PRA approved report form through which permit holders submit an annual report on the objectives and findings of their studies. A universal permit condition requires the permittee to submit an IAR for each year the permit is active.