Watersheds Research Cooperative
Each installation will cost about $900,000 per year to fully implement for an initial 10-year time period (2004 dollars). We are seeking strong support and funding from the private industrial forestland owners in Oregon, a significant beneficiary of the Cooperative's science findings, as well as from county governments and state and federal agencies. It is unlikely that the industry, county governments, small woodland owners or state agencies can provide sufficient funds to achieve the full potential for this research program. Initiative funding from the Oregon Legislature or the U.S. Congress, such as that already secured for Hinkle Creek, would be invaluable to provide critical base support for the research program. The scientists are also seeking federal competitive research funds that could help support more basic science elements of the research.
WRC funds come from three main sources:
- The Oregon State Legislature supports the Cooperative through funding of the Forest Research Laboratory at OSU;
- Contractual members contribute annual membership fees
- Outside grants and contracts.
State funds are used for the Director's salary (0.25 FTE ), office and laboratory space, incidental supplies, secretarial help, and other support staff. State funds may also support research technicians, graduate students, and other operating expenses. Annual membership fees are used for the salaries of other permanent and part-time employees, graduate students, supplies, equipment, and travel.
The Advisory Committee reviews the Cooperative's budget annually and sets the fee schedule. All annual fees will be subject to an indirect cost rate of 15%. This rate will remain in effect for four years. During the third year of the current General Memorandum of Agreement the rate will be reevaluated. Funding for Cooperative research can also be obtained via contracts, research grants, fellowships, scholarships, or gifts from individuals or philanthropic organizations