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Funded Research Program

Funded Research Program

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department funds scientific inquiry on OSMP lands on an annual cycle. 

Contact Email Phone Title
Brian Anacker [email protected] 303-818-0503 Science Officer (send general questions here) 
Katie Kisiel [email protected] 720-668-7637 Administration and Technical Support 
Lauren Kilcoyne [email protected] 720-667-6110 Financial (send budget questions here)

Address For Proposal Submissions 


  • Request for proposals issued:  Nov 4, 2019
  • Proposal deadline:  Jan 10, 2020
  • Award notifications:  Feb 21, 2020

Important Information 

  • Preference is given to original proposals that address topics identified as Priority Project Topics. However, all proposals will be considered based on their merits.
  • Overhead costs should not exceed 15 percent of the total grant award except in rare circumstances.
  • The maximum award amount is capped at $10,000. Details on allowable expenses can be found in the  budget worksheet docx.
  • Funding commitments are limited to an annual basis, but multi-year projects are encouraged.
  • Proposals must follow the format guidelines exactly.
  • Proposals that do not require OSMP funding may be submitted through our unfunded research program.
  • Funded researchers are strongly encouraged to present at the annual research symposium to be held in Spring of 2021.
  • Please see previously funded projects for examples of research topics.
  • Final reports must follow scientific format and will receive staff review (format and review guidelines provided at time of award).

Interagency Research 

Did you know that Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) and Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) also fund research? To discuss the possibilities of a shared research project, please contact Brian Anacker, Hillary King or Mac Kobza and also check the custom application procedures page. 

Printer friendly version of the 2020 Request for Proposals pdf.