Work Here: Gump Station Forms & Applications

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For any questions related to use of the Gump Station, please contact Frank Murphy

How to Apply to Do Research

Applications to Use the Gump Station

There are three steps for applying to use the Gump Station and making reservations.  The first of these must be completed by the project/class leader before they or any members of their group can make a reservation.  Once this has been done, the second and third steps must be completed by everyone before they arrive in French Polynesia.  

  1. APPLICATION: The Principal Investigator, Conference Organizer, or Class Leader must select the nature of their project RESEARCH, CLASS (university), or OPEN (conference, other) in the Gump online reservations system.  (If you are making a visit to explore potential projects, please fill out the application as Principal Investigator with title of the potential project under exploration or the general theme). In the case of a class where a professor and/or graduate students are conducting research in addition to their teaching, they should submit separate RESEARCH application(s) for each project through RAMS.
  2. RESERVATIONS: Once an application (project) is open, anyone with the application password (obtained from the leader) can immediately begin to make reservations (activities) for their project, conference, or class.  You do not need to wait for the application (project) to be approved.  Multiple reservations (activities) can be made so long as the application (project) remains open.  See reservations page. (Reservations are not guaranteed until you have received confirmation from the Station manager).
  3. PERMIT/PROTOCOL: All individuals carrying out research or professors leading classes at the Gump Station must complete the French Polynesian government's scientific permit application form "protocole d'accueil" (in English or French).  This should be submitted as WORD document and < 800KB (avoid pasting large JPEG photo/signature). This applies to all researchers, professors, and assistants, irrespective of their nationaility or length of stay.  It is generally not needed if your visit is simply to discuss potential research projects, participate in meetings, take part in a field course as an undergraduate student, or if you are a conference participant.   (NOTE: This document is also needed for immigration purposes in many cases - consult the visa requirements page for more information).   
  4. For non-EU students and conference participants, we generally need a copy of Passport information and home address in order for the Station to obtain a letter of housing from the mayor of Moorea for you. 
  5. VISAS: All visitors are encouraged to consult the visa requirements page well in advance (at least 2 months) of travel to ensure they have all necessary documentation.

Biodiversity Regulations

Some species are protected by French Polynesian legislation and or international treaties (e.g., CITES) and require additional permitting for research on those species in French Polynesia and/or for their export.  Please see our biodiversity regulations guide for more details.

Renewing Permits

Users must renew their permit annually. For researchers, you should attach an annual report to the permit application form.  Classes might include a copy of any class report. 

  1. As WORD or PDF attachment, the report (or at least its abstract) should be in French and English. It should include
    • keywords
    • geographic coordinates of principal study sites
    • abstract
    • introduction/background
    • methods
    • (preliminary) results
    • discussion and future directions
    • bibliography
    • acknowledgments
  2. Please request a contribution number when you are writing a book, book chapter, or submitting a paper based on research conducted at Gump.
  3. Please cite the Gump Station in any presentations or publications resulting from your visit to Moorea. For example: "This paper is contribution # xxx of UC Berkeley's Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, Moorea, French Polynesia."
  4. Please send us PDF reprints of any publications.

Grant Applications

When submitting a proposal for funding to support proposed research in Moorea, please send us the title and an abstract of your proposal (NB: this will be considered public information unless you explicitly specify intellectual property you wish to remain confidential).

Please include rough dates and facilities requirements so we can let you know whether we have the capacity to support the proposed project and whether government permits will be issued. We will distribute your abstract to the research community and government in French Polynesia for their comments.

A letter of support from the Gump Station and/or the French Polynesian government can also be requested.

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Make a Reservation

You can only make a reservation (for an activity) at the Gump Station if an application has already been submitted for your research project or class and you have the project/class password.  (See applications page).  If this has been done by you or your project/class leader, proceed to make a reservation by clicking on the link below:

Access Gump Station Online Reservation System

Once your reservation has been submitted in the online system, room assignment should be confirmed with Frank Murphy before finalizing your travel arrangements.  

All those using the Gump Station must agree to the terms of the UC Berkeley waiver as indicated in the online application (and signature at check-in).

NOTE: Additional steps must also be completed before you come to Moorea:

  1. PERMIT: All individuals carrying out research or professors leading a class at the Gump Station must complete the French Polynesian government's scientific permit application form "protocole d'accueil" (in English or French) and email it to Gump Station as a Word or PDF document.  This applies to everyone irrespective of their nationaiity or length of stay.  The permit is not usually required for conference participants, or undergraduates in class, with nationality of a country that participates in French Polynesia's visa waiver scheme (e.g., EU, USA). 
  2. HOUSING GUARANTEE: Conference participants and undergraduate students in classes need a letter of guarantee for the local authorities. For this the group must fill out the housing guarantee form. A copy of each participant's passport is also required.
  3. VISAS: All visitors are encouraged to consult the visa requirements page well in advance (at least 2 months) of travel to ensure they have all necessary documentation.
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Rates & Billing



Effective 1 July 2017: To cover its costs the Gump Station has the following daily fees for users whose bills are being paid by a project or class administered through the University of California or its partners (Consortium members). The UC and other Consortium members subsidize the Station and so fees are lower than for other users. 

Flat Fees:

The Gump Station charges a flat fee for usage of all common facilities: labs, classrooms, shared vehicles/boats (including gas), internet, and scientific diving (SCUBA tank fills). Meals are not provided and all housing is self-catering. An external caterer can be arranged for groups requiring a meal plan (contact Station for details).


Use Fee (resident)

UC Rate                        Consortium Rate                Full Rate

$49                                 $55                                             $92        


 Day Use Fee (non-resident)

UC Rate                        Consortium Rate                Full Rate

$35                                 $39                                             $65        


Usage will be summarized each month and an invoice issued by email. Goods and services that are not covered by the flat fee (e.g., catering services, customs agent) are billed separately as 'pass through expenses'. Users requiring such goods and services must notify the Gump Station management in advance and an administrative charge may be levied (15% of total).  All invoices are issued by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research in Berkeley and this is where all payments must be sent. Payment options and instructions will be sent with your invoice. The Gump Station in Moorea does not issue invoices or accept any payments.  Please contact Christine Owen for further information.

NOTE: The University of California subsidizes Gump Station operations and the user rates are calculated according to University policy to recover the remaining costs of operating the facility. The University strives to maintain stable rates, but reserves the right to change Gump Station rates at any time.