Researcher Guidelines

Wilderness Research Foundation (WRF) is conceived as a resource for scientists. It is not intended to function as a grant-making entity; we do not award money for scientists to spend. Our purpose is to provide scientists with expeditions.

WRF’s services are available only to PhDs and graduate students working toward a PhD. Scientists wishing to receive consideration are expected to furnish a research proposal and curriculum vitae. Submissions from graduate students should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a faculty adviser.

Each research proposal will be subject to peer review. Those research proposals approved by peer review will be presented to the Board of Directors for final approval. WRF will provide the experienced leadership and itinerary for each of our projects, and raise all funds necessary for transportation; lodging; food; group licenses and fees; group gear and equipment; and for the professional services of wilderness guides, doctors, nurses, paramedics, wildlife monitors, still photographers, videographers, and other technical staff as may be needed.

Researchers selected to participate in an expedition may be charged a nominal, non-refundable fee to formalize their commitment to the project. They will be responsible for their personal gear and, depending upon the nature and composition of the expedition, transportation to and from a common assembly point.

As a condition of their participation, scientists are required to:

1. Submit within 6 to 12 months of the return of the expedition a paper of publishable quality describing the fieldwork undertaken and the results obtained.

2. Work with our educational consultants to develop K-12 curriculums based on their field research.

3. Cooperate fully with the production of interactive educational material transmitted from the field to our educational partners.

4. Familiarize themselves with all regulations concerning the importation of their samples into their home country and secure in a timely manner all necessary permissions for the transportation of their samples.

Scientists who fail to meet these requirements will be prohibited from participating in any other WRF project.