What is the Investigator's Annual Report?
The information obtained by the IAR process is essential for the National Park Service to consistently maintain a history of research accomplishments. In the "Objectives" and "Findings and Status" fields, please submit a written text in the form of an abstract or summary. Please do not submit an Internet address. For questions about funding, please report the total of the dollars assigned to this project. The total should include either the actual or an estimated amount of salary and benefits cost allocated to the project. Information you submit in your IAR may be included in government publications, accessed by the public, or integrated into park interpretation programs. Your report will be available to the scientific community and general public. The report you submit should be suitable for publication as is. You must avoid including spatially specific documentation that could potentially jeopardize the security of sensitive resources (endangered plants, archeological sites, fossils, caves, etc.). If you have additional information you want to share with the National Park Service, please submit it separately to the park or parks in which you conducted your work.
Park research coordinators are responsible for "checking-in" new reports received in the IAR database. This process enables staff to make sure the report pertains to the correct park and determine if a record contains information that could potentially compromise the security of resources considered sensitive. The general public will be able search the NPS IAR database on the Internet via https://irma.nps.gov/rprs/Home. The public will not be able to see submitted IAR records that have not yet been checked-in by park staff or have been flagged as containing potentially sensitive information.
When is the IAR requested?
If you obtained permission to conduct a study at more than one park, you should provide each park a separate annual report documenting your specific accomplishments in the individual park to which you are submitting your report. If you did not have the opportunity to perform the permitted study activities during the past calendar year, you should provide an annual report indicating that no activity took place.
How do you submit an IAR using the Internet?
The Internet address you should use to complete the IAR process is: https://irma.nps.gov/rprs/Home
When you reach the opening page, click on the option labeled "IARs." You will then be asked to login with a username and password. Please contact your park research coordinator to obtain your username and password.
After you successfully log in to the IAR site, follow the instructions on screen to efficiently prepare and submit new reports and associated bibliographic references. Previously submitted accomplishment reports or permit information can be quickly used to fill-in many details required on new records. Please note carefully: you will not be able to edit a new report or bibliographic reference after submitting it to the NPS database (the system will remind you about this constraint prior to submission). The report must be completed in English and should provide readers with a basic understanding of your objectives (less than 4000 characters) and accomplishments (less than 4000 characters).
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