October 16, 2003

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Through the generosity of the Lee Family Foundation and the Joshua Tree National Park Association, Joshua Tree National Park is announcing a call for proposals for the 2004 Joshua Tree National Park Competitive Science Grant. Funds of up to $12,000 are available to support one project per year.

The park is seeking proposals from qualified scientists, researchers, and investigators for research projects to be carried out at Joshua Tree National Park. The proposals would need to start in 2004 and field or investigative work can be carried out over two years. All qualified scientists, researchers, and investigators- including National Park Service employees and other government scientists- are eligible to apply. Employees of Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree National Park Association are ineligible. Proposals can address research questions and problems in a wide range of fields- natural and physical sciences, cultural resource disciplines, and social sciences that address how people interact with parks and park resources. We are looking for a broad range of proposals that will creatively address unanswered research topics.

Details on the Joshua Tree National Park Competitive Science Grant program are contained in the attached Adobe .pdf file. Proposals should carefully address the grant criteria identified in the application guidelines.

Joshua Tree is asking your assistance in helping promote this new grant opportunity. Please share this message with all qualified individuals who you think would be interested in developing and submitting proposals for the park's Competitive Science Grant. Note that the application deadline is November 19, 2003.

Feel free to contact Chief of Resources Hank McCutchen (760-367-5560) or Chief of Interpretation Joe Zarki (760-367-5520) for further information.

Thanks for your assistance with this exciting new grant opportunity.

Curt Sauer

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