Hopland Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hopland Research and Extension Center

Current Research Rates

Research Rates are approved on an annual basis. The following rates have been approved for the period: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020:

The Hopland Research & Extension Center (HREC) is soliciting proposals for new research and extension projects for the period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. HREC will continue to accept off-cycle proposals throughout the 2018-2019 year as long as resources are available to meet the needs of the project. The Center provides research project access to 5,358 acres of Northern California Coast Range landscape which, unlike the UC Natural Reserve System, can be manipulated to provide field conditions matching research needs. This setting provides a rich, diversified opportunity for natural resources and agricultural research and extension programs, especially on topics pertinent to oak woodlands and rangelands of the central and northern coast of California.

Among the highlights of HREC are:

  • A wide variety of elevations from 600’ to 3000’ with four principle vegetation types (grass, woodland-grass, dense woodland, and chaparral) interspersed with riparian corridors around natural springs and ponds and seasonal vernal pools. HREC also has 25 acres of irrigated pasture.
  • A rich flora and fauna including more than 600 plant and 300 animal species. HREC also has one of the most intensively studied resident herds of Columbian black-tailed deer on the West Coast.
  • A variety of land management regimes across a mosaic of pastures, from heavily grazed by our sheep flock to biological reserves not grazed since the 1950s, from areas which have not seen fire in decades to a wide swath burned by wildfire in July/August of 2018.
  • A staff skilled in a wide variety of agricultural techniques and methods, from animal husbandry and wildlife management to irrigation and equipment fabrication, all available to assist with project tasks.
  • A rich vault of previous research to reference for past data, particularly in the fields of plant and animal science, ecology, hydrology, entomology, fire science, and natural resource management.
  • An extensive, well maintained road network which provides easy access to most of the Center lands.
  • A conference hall for larger group events, a field lab, a newly renovated lab, a greenhouse, a large lysimeter, fully equipped shops for fabricating or repairing equipment, a fleet of vehicles and agricultural equipment to use on Center, and various warehouses available for equipment and sample storage.
  • Accommodations for longer visits, ranging from dormitory style bunkhouse to private houses. We also have fiber optic speed internet and wifi service throughout our headquarters area.

2019-2020 Research rates:

UC-Led Research Rates (UC Principal Investigator):



HREC Full Cost

% UC ANR Funding of Full Cost

Per Project Rate:




Per Labor Hour Rate:




Per Head Animal Rate:




Non-UC Research Rates (Non-UC Principal Investigator)*:




NUD cost at 33.7% of full cost rates

Per Project Rate:




Per Labor Hour Rate:




Per Head Animal Rate:




*Includes 33.7% Non-University Differential (NUD)

Proposals may be submitted into the Universal Review System via the Hopland REC Website (hrec.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal).

The Center’s Research Advisory Committee will evaluate the proposed research and extension for scientific merit, regional appropriateness, ability of Hopland REC to provide the requested service. Researchers will receive by email a letter of acceptance if the project is approved for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Projects not approved will receive a detailed explanation of the reason for denial from the Center Director. 

For help with submitting a proposal:
Megan Osbourn, mgosbourn@ucanr.edu

For questions about the research proposal process/research opportunities at Hopland REC: John Bailey, Center Interim Director, jtbailey@ucanr.edu.

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