Conducting research at Cedar Creek
Research proposal review procedures
All proposals for new experimental/manipulative or otherwise complicated research at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve will be reviewed by the Cedar Creek Research Review Board, which will decide if the proposal is approved, denied, or must be modified for reconsideration. No research may be initiated until a proposal has been reviewed and approved.
Annual resource request and research plan
Prior to sampling each year, any investigator planning to conduct research at Cedar Creek must complete a Resource Request and Research Plan form. This will be emailed to all researchers who have a approved research proposal.
To improve security and safety and to provide Cedar Creek with valuable information on site usage, personal are required to check in before going to any field site. A Check-In Kiosk has been installed near the front door of the Lindeman lab, or you can check-in on line at z.umn.edu/ccvisit.
Any car parked on or adjacent to Cedar Creek property (excluding parking areas on the main Cedar Creek campus) must display a Cedar Creek access and parking permit. Permits may be acquired from the front office in the Lindeman Lab or from onsite staff.
Most areas require a gate key to access. Keys may be checked out for daily or seasonal use. Please contact the Facilities Manager, Jim Krueger, to arrange access to gate keys.
Prior to the completion of any research project a Lab/Project Shutdown Procedures form must be submitted to the Resident Safety Officer. The form is available HERE. Please complete and return to Kally Worm.
Site usage fees
If you are not a University of Minnesota researcher, and are funded by a grant that does not pay overhead to the University of Minnesota, there is a $500/year fee for experimental studies and a $300/year fee for observational studies. Office, lab, bench, and storage space is limited. If your needs would interfere with on-going UMN projects at CCESR, your facility use will be limited to that which is currently available.
If you are working independently, not funded by a grant, the site-use fee does not apply. Please note that this fee is charged in lieu of the overhead funds that research grants otherwise would generate. Direct support from the University of Minnesota (some of which is derived from overhead) and support from site-use fees provides the only funds for maintaining our roads, buildings, grounds and infrastructure. Granting agencies regularly approve the payment of such site-use fees.
There are additional fees for space (office, lab, storage), labor, and truck or equipment rental.. Please contact Dr. Forest Isbell ( ) for more information.
All research at Cedar Creek involving human subjects must conform to the policies laid out by the University of Minnesota's Institutional Review Board, available at http://www.research.umn.edu/irb/.
All research at Cedar Creek involving animal subjects must conform to the policies laid out by the University of Minnesota's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), available at http://cflegacy.research.umn.edu/iacuc/.
Data from research conducted at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve must be submitted to Cedar Creek for archiving. Additionally, all data from research supported wholly, or in part, through LTER grants must be made available to the research community within two years of collection. Cedar Creek will distribute all data and metadata in accordance with LTER requirements. Please submit all data in accordance with the protocols available here.