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Research Opportunities at Itasca

Faculty, advanced students and other independent investigators may be approved to use the station facilities for research purposes during any season. To initiate research projects, it is required that you submit this research application.  Questions about applications can be directed to IBSL station staff by:


phone: (218) 699-3550

If you'll be working outdoors in Itasca State Park, Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails permits are required for research and teaching.  Click here to download an MN DNR Parks and Trails application for research permits and renewals (form located at the bottom of the linked page). 

Itasca Seed-to-Root Grants

Short-term 'seed' grants are a good way to spark science. They facilitate preliminary, higher risk efforts focused in up-and-coming creative spaces (e.g., techniques, emerging theory). Field stations, however, focus on places with particular qualities amenable to sustaining longer-term research. Itasca Station has hosted place-based field biology since 1909, and is uniquely suited for teaching and engagement. With this in mind, Seed-to-Root grants target new investments at IBSL, combining funding, support, and flexibility to encourage science to take root. 

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Jim Winter Itasca scholarshipDirector's Fellowship, and John Tester Fellowship. Follow the links for more details on eligibility criteria and how to apply. Applications are due February 20, 2023 by 5 pm (CST).