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Research

Great Parks of Hamilton County has a long history of collaborating with researchers to conduct natural resource related studies. Individuals can submit their own research proposal ideas or choose one from the priorities list generated by Great Parks. Great Parks’ decides which proposals are permitted and/or funded. Past research projects encompass a wide variety of topics, from vascular plant and animal resource studies to invasive species control and native plant restoration.

Those interested in conducting research in the parks must submit a proposal and obtain a permit from Great Parks. Research and educational permits are only valid for the calendar year in which they are granted. All projects must be completed within the calendar year in which the permit is awarded/approved unless stated otherwise.
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Contractual Research
Researchers must submit a proposal to be considered for funding. Proposals are only accepted in December–January each year. Proposal guidelines, deadline and submittal instructions will be available on this page in December.

Proposals addressing the priority needs listed below are given highest consideration, however other topics will also be considered. Great Parks’ will review proposals to determine which ones will be permitted or funded.

Research priorities:
  1. Wetland Delineation: work with staff to select priority parks
  2. Cover mapping: work with staff to select priority parks
  3. Mosquitos: Species diversity and vector risk research at Miami Whitewater Forest
  4. Bat Diversity: work with staff to select priority parks
  5. Other Proposed Research Topics: Any and all park locations
Funding is available from Great Parks of Hamilton County for contractual research.

Before applying, be sure to follow the instructions below:
  1. Read and submit documents within the Request for Proposal
  2. Submit your proposal, bid form, and signed guidelines form by February 12, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. using the upload function below or email all documents to Zurijanne Carter.
Researchers will be notified if their proposal has been recommended for funding within 30 days of the submittal deadline.
Research Permits
Proposals requesting permission to conduct research within the parks are accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals addressing the priority needs listed below are given highest consideration, however other topics will also be considered. Great Parks’ will review proposals to determine which ones will be recommended for approval.

Research priorities:
  • Wetland Delineation: work with staff to select priority parks
  • Cover mapping: work with staff to select priority parks
  • Mosquitos: Species diversity and vector risk research at Miami Whitewater Forest
  • Bat Diversity: work with staff to select priority parks
  • Other Proposed Research Topics: Any and all park locations

Before applying, be sure to follow the instructions below for obtaining a research permit:
  1. Read and submit the document within the Research Permit Request for Proposal
  2. Submit your proposal using the upload function below at least 30 days prior to your expected start date.
Researchers will be notified if their proposal has been recommended for approval within 10 business days of the submittal deadline.
Educational Field Trips Permit
Individuals wishing to obtain permission for educational field trips within GPHC natural areas that may be conducting more than one visit and/or collecting specimens must submit a proposal.
  • Purpose of the field trip
  • Educational objective(s)
  • Methods used
  • Parks to be sampled with notes on specific locations
  • Specific timeline of start/end of educational visit
  • Your contact information

If you are interested in collecting samples, you must explain where the specimens would be vouchered, e.g., in a recognized and accessible natural history museum.

Before applying, be sure to follow the instructions below:
  1. Review the Educational Permit Request for Proposal guidelines
  2. Submit your proposal and signed guidelines form using the upload function below. Proposals must be submitted at least 30 days prior to your expected start date.
Researchers will be notified if their proposal has been recommended for approval within 10 business days of the submittal deadline.
Contact Us
If you have any questions about research within Great Parks of Hamilton County, please contact:

Zurijanne Carter, Natural Resources Specialist
513-728-3551 ext 269
Email