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Administration of External Funds

This fee applies when visitors transfer funds to STRI to pay for services, such as hiring field assistants and making purchases, etc.


Visitor Category Fund Administration, Procurement and Personnel Contracts ($10 minimum / transaction; Non-SI fund)
A1. STRI/SI Fellow 25% of total funds
A2. STRI/SI Intern 25% of total funds
A3. STRI/SI Volunteer 25% of total funds
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office 25% of total funds
B1. Students and Postdocs who are not STRI/SI Fellows 25% of total funds
B2. Researchers from Latin America (not Panama) or Developing Countries 25% of total funds
B3. Other Researchers 25% of total funds
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities 25% of total funds
C2. Collaborators 25% of total funds
D. Panamanians 25% of total funds
G. Research Associates (RAs) 25% of total funds
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops 25% of total funds
E2. Non-STRI sponsored Courses or Workshops 25% of total funds
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews 25% of total funds
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors 25% of total funds
SI. STRI/SI Employees 25% of total funds
X. Contractors 25% of total funds
Z. Non-SI User 25% of total funds
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BCI Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Bambi Dinner - Non-STRI Visitors
$5.00 $7.50 $7.50 $12.00

Note: Visitors who stay overnight on BCI have all meals included in the housing fee.

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BCI User Fee

Residents Non-residents
$0 $5 per day or $100 per month1

1 This fee will be charged automatically when reserving boat transport to BCI. The monthly fee includes unlimited trips to BCI per calendar month. STRI employees will not be charged the BCI user fee.

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Canopy Cranes

Canopy Cranes: Metropolitan Natural Park(PNM)

Visitor Category Cost per day
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $50
A2. STRI/SI Interns $50
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $50
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $50
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $50
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $50
B3. Other Researchers $100
D. Panamanians $50
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $50
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $500
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $1000
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews $500
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $1000
SI. STRI/SI Staff $50

Canopy Cranes: San Lorenzo

Visitor Category Cost per day
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $50
A2. STRI/SI Interns $50
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $50
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $50
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $50
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $50
B3. Other Researchers $100
D. Panamanians $50
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $50
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $500
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $1000
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews $500
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $1000
SI. STRI/SI Staff $50
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Dive Lockers

Daily fees include unlimited tank fillings per day, dive weights, O2 kit.

Type of Visitor Bocas del Toro Coibita Galeta Naos
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $5 $10 $5 $5
A2. STRI/SI Interns $5 $10 $5 $5
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $5 $10 $5 $5
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $5 $10 $5 $5
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $5 $20 $5 $5
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $5 $20 $5 $5
B3. Other Researchers $5 $20 $5 $5
D. Panamanians $5 $20 $5 $5
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $5 $20 $5 $5
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $5 $20 $5 $5
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $5 $20 $5 $5
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $5 $20 $5 $5
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $5 $20 $5 $5
SI. STRI/SI Staff $5 $10 $5 $5
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Facility Fees

The facility fee is used to cover general costs of STRI maintenance and improvements to facilities, scientific and technological equipment, and other resources.

It includes one or more of the following STRI resources (subject to prior coordination and availability):

  • Shared indoor laboratory space and equipment
  • Office workspace and equipment
  • Wi-Fi and access to the SI network
  • Access to any STRI areas/spaces, including greenhouses, outdoor aquaria, insectaries, bat cages, collections, etc. Additional fees may apply.
  • Use of meeting rooms
  • Daily transportation service (Monday – Friday) from Tupper to Naos or Gamboa/BCI

At this time there is no facility fee for Coibita.

Visitors who decide to stay longer than 20 days will be charged a reduced monthly fee equivalent to 20 days (except in Bocas del Toro). Please note that this fee is charged within the first 5 days of each month.


Agua Salud

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $5/day or $100/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $10/day or $200/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $5/day or $100/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $10/day or $200/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


Barro Colorado Island

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $7.50/day or $150/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $7.50/day or $150/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


Bocas del Toro

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $10/day
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $10/day
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $20/day
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 $20/week
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $10/day
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $0
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $30
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $30
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $30
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


CTPA

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $7.50/day or $150/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $7.50/day or $150/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


Fortuna

Visitor Category Fortuna
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $15/day or $300/month
A2. STRI/SI Interns $15/day or $300/month
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $15/day or $300/month
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $15/day or $300/month
B1: Students/Postdocs $15/day or $300/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $15/day or $300/month
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $15/day or $300/month
G. STRI Research Associates $15/day or $300/month
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $15/day or $300/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $15/day or $300/month
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $15/day or $300/month
SI. STRI/SI Staff $15/day or $300/month

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


Galeta

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $7.50/day or $150/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $7.50/day or $150/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


Gamboa

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $7.50/day or $150/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $7.50/day or $150/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


Naos

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $7.50/day or $150/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $7.50/day or $150/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


San Lorenzo

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $7.50/day or $150/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $7.50/day or $150/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


Tupper

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $0
A2. STRI/SI Interns $0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $0
B1: Students/Postdocs $7.50/day or $150/month
B2: Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $0
B3: Visiting Researchers and research assistants $15/day or $300/month
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities1 N/A
D. Panamanian Researchers $0
G. STRI Research Associates $0
E1. STRI-sponsored courses2 $7.50/day or $150/month
E2. Non-STRI sponsored courses or Workshops2 $15/day or $300/month
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

1 No facility fee but if support is needed in the field (e.g. logistical, emergency or other), the visitor will be billed to reimburse the cost.

2 Charge per person.


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Housing - Dormitories

Agua Salud

Not available at this time.


Barro Colorado Island

Room and Board at BCI include transportation to and from the island, a bed, linens, all utilities, laundry access, and 24-hour security..

Our rooms are designed to be shared spaces. Fees are calculated per bed, not per room. If you wish to have the room to yourself, you must pay for the remaining beds during your stay, as long as the demand allows it.

Not all rooms have air conditioning or Wi-Fi.

Visitor Category Non A/C Room A/C Room
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
A2. STRI/SI Interns $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
B3. Other Researchers $46/night per bed
$1200/month per bed
$60/night per bed
$1500/month per bed
D. Panamanians $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
G. Research Associates (RAs) $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $46/night $64/night
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $75/night $105/night
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $150/night $210/night
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $200/night $260/night
SI. STRI/SI Staff $30/night per bed
$800/month per bed
$42/night per bed
$1120/month per bed
X. Contractors $46/night per bed
$1200/month per bed
$60/night per bed
$1500/month per bed

Bocas del Toro

Housing at Bocas del Toro is on the station grounds and includes 3 options: The Student Dorm has 6 beds per room (4 total rooms each with a dedicated bathroom), which are charged per bed. The Researcher Dorm has two beds per room (some rooms with one double and one single and others with 2 singles). The Researcher dorm is charged on a per room basis, and we encourage our visitors to arrange to share to help reduce their costs. Charges for the dorms cover towels and bed linens, shared kitchen and lounge dedicated to each dorm, access to free laundry facilities, and 24 hour security. The Cofrin and Hoch houses are fully furnished 2-bedroom houses with air conditioning for which we charge a nightly fee per bedroom.

Visitor Category Bocas del Toro Student Dorm Bocas del Toro Researcher Dorm Cofrin and Hoch Houses <1 mth stay Cofrin and Hoch Houses >1 mth stay
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
A2. STRI/SI Interns $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
A3. STRI Volunteers $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
B3. Other Researchers $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
D. Panamanians $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room
SI. STRI/SI Staff $15/night per bed $30/night per room $42/night per room $35/night per room

Coibita

Accommodations in Coibita consist of shared rooms with bunk beds. Which includes linens, the use of the facility, a shared kitchen, laundry access, limited Wi-Fi, and 24-hour security.

Coibita has a power generator and solar panels to provide electricity and air conditioning in the rooms. If you need more information about the availability of this service, please contact Coibita’s Scientific Coordinator.

Camping options are also available (tents and other equipment are provided).

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $25/night per bed
A2. STRI/SI Interns $25/night per bed
A3. STRI Volunteers $25/night per bed
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $25/night per bed
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $25/night per bed
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $25/night per bed
B3. Other Researchers $25/night per bed
D. Panamanians $25/night per bed
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $25/night per bed
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $25/night per bed
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $25/night per bed
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $25/night per bed
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $25/night per bed
SI. STRI/SI Staff $25/night per bed

CTPA

Housing at CTPA - Ancon is a 5-minute walk from our Tupper Campus and is adjacent to the CTPA building.

Our STUDIO APARTMENT rooms are designed to be shared spaces. Fees are calculated per bed, not per room. If you wish to have the room to yourself, you must pay for the remaining beds during your stay, as long as the demand allows it.

Rooms include beds, linens, a shared kitchen, all utilities, laundry access, 24-hour security, and transportation to and from our Naos and Gamboa facilities (ask for schedules and stops). All rooms have air conditioning and limited Wi-Fi.

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
A2. STRI/SI Interns $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
A3. STRI Volunteers $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
B3. Other Researchers $450/month per bed
$112.50/week per bed
D. Panamanians $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops N/A
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops N/A
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $900/month per bed
$225/week per bed
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $900/month per bed
$225/week per bed
SI. STRI/SI Staff $450/month per bed
$112.50/week per bed

Fortuna

Accommodation at Fortuna Station consists of beds in a shared dormitory including linens, a shared kitchen, limited Wi-Fi, and access to laundry equipment. It can get cold at night, so bring extra bedding or a thermal blanket.

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
A2. STRI/SI Interns $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
A3. STRI Volunteers $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
B3. Other Researchers $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
D. Panamanians $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
SI. STRI/SI Staff $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed

Galeta

Accommodation at Galeta Station is located inside a converted container that includes bunk beds in a shared room, a bathroom, linens, and air conditioning.

You'll also have access to a shared kitchen, limited Wi-Fi, laundry access, and 24-hour security.

Visitor Category Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
A2. STRI/SI Interns $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
A3. STRI Volunteers $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
B3. Other Researchers $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
D. Panamanians $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed
SI. STRI/SI Staff $25/night per bed
$625/month per bed

Gamboa

Housing in Gamboa is a 10-minute walk from our Gamboa Lab and a 20-minute walk from the Gamboa STRI Dock, which has boat service to BCI.

Our rooms are designed to be shared spaces. Fees are calculated per bed, not per room. If you wish to have the room to yourself, you must pay for the remaining beds during your stay, as long as the demand allows it.

Rooms include a bed, linens, shared kitchen, all utilities, limited Wi-Fi, laundry access, 24-hour security, and transportation to and from Tupper and to and from Gamboa Dock (ask for schedules and stops). Not all rooms have air conditioning.

Visitor Category Gamboa 150, 152, 155 Gamboa 145
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
A2. STRI/SI Interns $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
A3. STRI Volunteers $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
B3. Other Researchers $450/month per bed
$112.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
Annex: $650/month per bed or $162.50/week per bed
Third floor: $700/month per bed or $175.00/week per bed
D. Panamanians $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $350/month per bed
$87.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops N/A N/A
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops N/A N/A
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $900/month per bed
$225/week per bed
First and second floor: $1000/month per bed or $250.00/week per bed
Annex: $1050/month per bed or $262.50/week per bed
Third floor: $1100/month per bed or $275.00/week per bed
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $900/month per bed
$225/week per bed
First and second floor: $1000/month per bed or $250.00/week per bed
Annex: $1050/month per bed or $262.50/week per bed
Third floor: $1100/month per bed or $275.00/week per bed
SI. STRI/SI Staff $450/month per bed
$112.50/week per bed
First and second floor: $500/month per bed or $125.00/week per bed
Annex: $550/month per bed or $137.50/week per bed
Third floor: $600/month per bed or $150.00/week per bed

San Lorenzo

Accommodation in San Lorenzo is very limited but includes beds in a shared dormitory and linens, a shared kitchen, limited Wi-Fi, and 24-hour security.

Visitor Category Person per night1
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $20/night per bed
A2. STRI/SI Interns $20/night per bed
A3. STRI Volunteers $20/night per bed
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $20/night per bed
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $20/night per bed
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $20/night per bed
B3. Other Researchers $20/night per bed
D. Panamanians $20/night per bed
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $20/night per bed
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $20/night per bed
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $20/night per bed
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $20/night per bed
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $20/night per bed
SI. STRI/SI Staff $20/night per bed

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Late Finance Charges

Visitor Category Monthly Finance Charge (for outstanding balances of 60 days or more)
A1. STRI/SI Fellow 20%
A2. STRI/SI Intern 20%
A3. STRI/SI Volunteer 20%
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office 20%
B1. Students and Postdocs who are not STRI/SI Fellows 20%
B2. Researchers from Latin America (not Panama) or Developing Countries 20%
B3. Other Researchers 20%
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities 20%
C2. Collaborators 20%
D. Panamanians 20%
G. Research Associates (RAs) 20%
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops 20%
E2. Non-STRI sponsored Courses or Workshops 20%
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews 20%
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors 20%
SI. STRI/SI Employees 20%
X. Contractors 20%
Z. Non-SI User 20%
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Outdoor Resources

Outdoor Resources: BCI

Visitor Category Greenhouses Bat Cage Insectary
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
A2. STRI/SI Interns $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
B3. Other Researchers $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
D. Panamanians $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
SI. STRI/SI Staff $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week

Outdoor Resources: Gamboa

Visitor Category Greenhouses Flight Cage Aviary
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
A2. STRI/SI Interns $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
B3. Other Researchers $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
D. Panamanians $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
SI. STRI/SI Staff $15 per 1.5 m2/month $100/mth or $25/week $100/mth or $25/week
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Procurement Services

Type of Visitor Letter, Courier and Parcel Postage Panama Customs Clearance Charge
All Visitor Categories At cost At cost
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Research Boats

Boats: Naos

Naos: Lisina (30’) Anibal (28’) Agujón (23’) Galeta (18’) Seriola (15’)
Galeta: Agujón (23’) Galeta (18’) Seriola (15’)

Charge per day


Type of Visitor Boat Fee 23’-30’ Boat Fee 15’-18’ Fuel Boat Driver (Day) Boat Driver Fee (Extra hours) Boat Driver Fee (Overnight Watch)
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
A2. STRI/SI Interns $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
B3. Other Researchers $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
D. Panamanians $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
SI. SI/STRI Staff $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75

Boats: Galeta

Naos: Lisina (30’) Anibal (28’) Agujón (23’) Galeta (18’) Seriola (15’)
Galeta: Agujón (23’) Galeta (18’) Seriola (15’)

Charge per day


Type of Visitor Boat Fee 23’-30’ Boat Fee 15’-18’ Fuel Boat Driver (Day) Boat Driver Fee (Extra Hours) Boat Driver Fee (Overnight Watch)
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
A2. STRI/SI Interns $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
B3. Other Researchers $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
D. Panamanians $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75
SI. SI/STRI Staff projects $100 $75 At cost + 15% $130 Contact us for pricing $75

Boats: BCI

S-21 (14’) S-22 (18’) S-23 to S-30 (15.7’)


Visitor Category Boat Fee (per day) Fuel Boat Driver (Day) Boat Driver Fee (Extra Hours)
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
A2. STRI/SI Interns $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
B3. Other Researchers $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
D. Panamanians $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $20 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
SI. SI/STRI Staff $0 At cost + 20% $40 Contact us for pricing
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Scientific Research Permits

The charges listed in the tables below include the cost of a permit + a processing fee. See below for more details on these permits. The charge for interns and volunteers will be at cost when added to a Staff Scientist’s permit.


Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente)

Permits are required for:
1) all fieldwork (including observations)
2) import and export of marine, freshwater, terrestrial biological resources, water and soil samples and work in protected areas
3) all field courses in Panama
4) any genetics research involving the study of genetic structure of biological resources.

Visitor Category MiAmbiente Access Permit1 MiAmbiente Export Permit MiAmbiente Import Permit
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $25 $40 $40
A2. STRI/SI Interns $25 $40 $40
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $25 $40 $40
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $25 $40 $40
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $25 $40 $40
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $25 $40 $40
B3. Other Researchers $100 $100 $100
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $1502 $180 $180
D. Panamanians $25 $40 $40
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $50 $65 $65
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $25 N/A N/A
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $1,000 N/A N/A
H1. STRI sponsored Film Crews $100 N/A N/A
H2. Non-STRI sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $1,000 N/A N/A
SI. STRI/SI Staff $15 $30 $30

1 Fee also applies when adding additional people on to an existing permit.

2 Fee applies to each person added to a permit, whether on the original permit or added subsequently.


MiAmbiente Notes

  • Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente). Access Permit to Biological and Genetic Resources. Government permit cost is $15.00 for each participant in the permit. Permits may be amended, for example to add additional researchers/assistants/interns/students or new work sites to the original permit. The government permit cost is $15.00 per person.
  • Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente). Export Permit for Biological and Genetic Resources for scientific, academic, and educational non-commercial work. This permit can only be obtained after the appropriate MiAmbiente Research Permit to Access Biological and Genetic Resources has been granted. Applies also to CITES species. The government permit cost is $30.00 for each participant in the permit.
  • Ministry of the Environment (MiAmbiente) Import Permit for Biological and Genetic Resources for scientific, academic, and educational non-commercial work. This permit will be issued once the appropriate MiAmbiente Research Permit to Access Biological and Genetic Resources has been granted. Applies also to CITES species. The government permit cost is $30.00 for each participant in the permit.


Zoosanitary or Phytosanitary Licenses from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (MIDA)

Visitor Category MIDA Export License MIDA Import License1
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $20 $20
A2. STRI/SI Interns $20 $20
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $20 $20
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $20 $20
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $20 $20
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $20 $20
B3. Other Researchers $100 $100
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $150 $150
D. Panamanians $20 $20
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $50 $50
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100 $100
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $150 $150
SI. STRI/SI Staff $10 $10

1 If the MIDA import license includes products for animal consumption, such as medicines and vitamins, the cost of the license will increase by $20.


MIDA Notes

  • A Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Export License is required for the export of plants, animals, products, by-products, reagents, and food products of plant or animal origin, and for the export of live organisms from Panama. One license can include up to three items. The government license cost is $10.00.
  • A Phytosanitary and Zoosanitary Import License is required for the import of plants, animals, products, by-products, reagents, and food products of plant or animal origin, and for the import of live organisms to Panama. A license includes the import of a single item or organism. The government license cost is $10.00. When the license includes products for animal consumption, such as medicines and vitamins, the cost is $30.00.


Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI)

Required for Paleontology and Paleoecology research and education related projects.


Visitor Category MICI Research Permit MICI Export Permit
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $40 $10
A2. STRI/SI Interns $40 $10
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $40 $10
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $40 $10
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $40 $10
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $40 $10
B3. Other Researchers $115 $50
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $165 $150
D. Panamanians $40 $10
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $65 $35
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $150 N/A
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $1000 N/A
SI. STRI/SI Staff $30 $10

MICI Notes

  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI). Research Permit for non-commercial scientific, academic, and educational work to be conducted in the Republic of Panama. The government license cost is $30.00 per person.
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI). Export Permit for samples from noncommercial scientific, academic, and educational projects conducted in the Republic of Panama.


Ministry of Culture (MiCultura)

Required for work on Archaeology or Socio-Cultural Anthropology research and education related projects.


Visitor Category MiCultura Research Permit MiCultura Export Permit MiCultura Import Permit
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $10 $60 $10
A2. STRI/SI Interns $10 $60 $10
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $10 $60 $10
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $10 $60 $10
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $10 $60 $10
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $10 $60 $10
B3. Other Researchers $50 $85 $50
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $150 $185 $150
D. Panamanians $10 $60 $10
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $35 $75 $35
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100 $135 $100
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $1000 $185 $1000
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $100 N/A $10
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $1000 N/A N/A
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0 $50 $0

MiCultura Notes

  • Ministry of Culture (MiCultura). Research Permit for non-commercial scientific, academic, and educational work to be conducted in the Republic of Panama.
  • Ministry of Culture (MiCultura). Export Permit for samples from non-commercial scientific, academic, and educational projects conducted in the Republic of Panama. The government permit cost is $50.00.
  • Ministry of Culture (MiCultura). Import Permit for samples from non-commercial scientific, academic, and educational projects being brought into Panama.


Panama Canal Authority (ACP)

Permits for research and educational projects in areas managed by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).


Visitor Category ACP Research Permit
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $10
A2. STRI/SI Interns $10
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $10
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $10
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $10
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $10
B3. Other Researchers $50
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $150
D. Panamanians $10
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $35
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $1000
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $100
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $1000
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

ACP Notes

  • Panama Canal Authority (ACP). Collecting and Observation Permit for noncommercial scientific, academic, and educational projects to be carried out in the Panama Canal Watershed.
  • No permit is required to work on Barro Colorado Island (BCI).


Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama (AAC)

Regulates the operation of drones (unmanned, radio-controlled rockets and aircraft, UAV and UAS) in the Republic of Panama. All drones heavier than 250 grams that will operate in the Republic of Panama require AAC registration before use.


Visitor Category AAC Permit
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $10
A2. STRI/SI Interns $10
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $10
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $10
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $10
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $10
B3. Other Researchers $50
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $150
D. Panamanians $10
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $35
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $1000
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $100
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $1000
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0

AAC Notes

  • Civil Aeronautics Authority of Panama (AAC) Collecting and Observation Permit: For exclusive use on non-commercial scientific, academic, and educational projects to be carried out in the Panama Canal Watershed.


Other permit-related fees


Informed Consent Letter Processing Fee

For certain areas, a written authorization is required if the research will take place on private property, indigenous reserves and certain protected areas under concession or special management e.g. land administered by the Agencia Panama Pacífico (APP), the Panama Canal Authority (ACP); Parque Metropolitano (PNM); and Reserva Forestal Fortuna; Coiba National Park; Pipeline Road; Old Gamboa Road, etc.


Messenger service

Fee to deliver vouchers specimens to reference collections in Panama.


Visitor Category Other permit-related fees
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $25
A2. STRI/SI Interns $25
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $25
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $25
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $25
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $25
B3. Other Researchers $50
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $100
D. Panamanians $25
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $25
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $50
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $100
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $50
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $100
SI. STRI/SI Staff $0
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Science Support Staff

Type of Visitor Science Support Assistant Fee per day1 (Field and Lab Work) Science Support Assistant Extra Hours(Field and Lab Work)
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $75 Contact us for pricing
A2. STRI/SI Interns 0 0
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers 0 0
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $75 Contact us for pricing
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $75 Contact us for pricing
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $75 Contact us for pricing
B3. Other Researchers $75 Contact us for pricing
D. Panamanians $75 Contact us for pricing
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $75 Contact us for pricing
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $75 Contact us for pricing
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $75 Contact us for pricing
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $75 Contact us for pricing
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $75 Contact us for pricing
SI. STRI/SI Staff 0 0

1Please get in touch with the scientific coordinator at the facility you are working in to find out what services are available.

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Special Scientific Equipment

Special Equipment

Visitor Category Scanning Electron Microscope (per hour) Confocal Microscope (per hour) Gas Chromatograph (per sample)
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $15 $15 $5
A2. STRI/SI Interns $15 $15 $5
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $15 $15 $5
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $15 $15 $5
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $15 $15 $5
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $15 $15 $5
B3. Other Researchers $40 $40 $5
D. Panamanians $15 $15 $5
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $15 $15 $5
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $15 $15 $5
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $40 $40 $5
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews $100 $100 $5
SI. STRI/SI Staff2 $15 $15 $5
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Storage

Visitor Category Ambient indoor storage Cold Storage: -20°C or 4°C Cold Storage: -80°C
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
A2. STRI/SI Interns $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
B3. Other Researchers $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
D. Panamanians $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month
SI. STRI/SI Staff $200 per m3/year $50/ft3/month $50 per SoLow rack/month

  • Visiting scientists, students, predoctoral, and postdoctoral fellows may store samples collected for their research (from projects carried out in STRI facilities).
  • If export permits need to be obtained, samples can be stored free of charge for up to three months after finishing the visit, or for the period approved by the responsible staff of the facility.
  • As STRI has limited cold storage equipment, samples must be removed from the freezer/refrigerator once the approved storage period has concluded,
    • Samples removal means processing, disposal if not required, exportation and/or donation to Cryo-collections.
  • If samples remain in STRI cold storage equipment for more than the approved storage period with no justification or coordination with the staff of the facility, a charge of $50/ft3 per month will apply to the user account until samples are removed.
  • STRI reserves the right to discard unlabeled material and/or improperly packed material when annual inventory and cleaning activities are performed.
  • Packing of samples for storage, export or any other procedure must be done by the PI (Principal Investigator) or a representative of the project. When removing the samples, please contact the responsible staff for assistance.
  • Visitors, fellows, interns, and postdocs may donate samples to the STRI Cryocollections. This option will ensure long-term maintenance of samples (no cost for donators), and access to samples whenever needed, as well as allowing their use to other researchers. Once the donation is approved by the STRI Cryo-Collection manager, the donator must complete the form 100.002 “Transfer of items agreement to the STRI Cryo-Collection” and provide the metadata using the spreadsheet, form 100.003 “Specimen data”.
  • Special cases in which a storage period extension with no charges may apply (must be coordinated and approved by responsible staff of the facility):
    • Samples belonging to visitors, postdocs, fellows who leave STRI but plan to return soon to process samples.
    • Delay in issuance of an export permit (if the delay is not caused by the user).
    • Other situations not included here, but coordinated, approved, and communicated to the responsible staff of the facility.

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Vehicles

STRI Trucks

Visitor Category Daily Fee for all STRI trucks
A1. STRI/SI Fellows $30.00 + cost of gas + Panapass
A2. STRI/SI Interns N/A
A3. STRI/SI Volunteers N/A
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $30.00 + cost of gas + Panapass
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $30.00 + cost of gas + Panapass
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $30.00 + cost of gas + Panapass
B3. Other Researchers $65.00 + cost of gas + Panapass
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities N/A
D. Panamanians $30.00 + cost of gas + Panapass
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $65.00 + cost of gas + Panapass
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops N/A
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops N/A
H1. STRI-Sponsored Film crews or commercial visitors N/A
H2. Non-STRI Film crews or commercial visitors N/A
SI. STRI/SI Staff Gas at cost + Panapass
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Visitor Registration Fee

The registration fee is a non-refundable payment (per person) that is requested to formalize a visit to STRI and is intended to cover administrative costs, internal coordination and logistical procedures, and/or support offered by the different STRI offices, such as OIT, Visitor Services Office, Security, Safety, Procurement, Traffic, Library, Scientific Support, etc.

It also allows you to access certain benefits or services associated with the institution.

Visitors leaving Panama for more than three months need to register a new visit.

Visitor Category Registration Fee
A1. STRI/SI Fellow $75
A2. STRI/SI Intern $75
A3. STRI Volunteer $75
A4. Special Agreements by the Director’s Office $75
B1. Students and Postdocs - not supported by STRI/SI $75
B2. Researchers from other Latin American or Developing Countries $75
B3. Other Researchers $75
C1. Visitors who are not using STRI facilities $75
C2. Collaborators $75
D. Panamanians $75
G. STRI Research Associates (RAs) $75
E1. STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $75
E2. Non-STRI-sponsored Courses or Workshops $75
H1. STRI-sponsored Film Crews $75
H2. Non-sponsored Film Crews/Commercial Visitors $75
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Additional Information and Conditional Fees

  • Science Support Staff: Most STRI facilities have science support staff who can assist researchers with minor jobs for research projects (e.g., building traps, installing shadecloth on greenhouses, support structures, etc.) Modest workshops are available for these jobs at some facilities. STRI will charge a daily fee for these services and the researcher will cover the cost of all materials. Contact the facility's Scientific Coordinator to organize the work required.
  • Greenhouses: Greenhouses are available in Gamboa and BCI.
  • Office space: STRI provides shared office space and access to computer rooms to visitors that is included in the facility fee. There is no charge for Wi-Fi connections. Please contact the facility’s Scientific Coordinator to coordinate office space.
  • Laboratory space: Each of our facilities is equipped with common laboratory space with basic equipment. Contact the facility’s Scientific Coordinator for more information.
  • Exclusive use of space: When available, a researcher may request that exclusive space be assigned to their project (e.g. office, lab, storage). This may include times when a project requires space for a technician to work even when the project PI is not present at STRI. Such exclusive use of a space may incur a fee. Please contact the facility’s Scientific Coordinator for more information.
  • Naos Molecular Laboratory: The Naos Molecular Laboratory (NML) provides molecular and sequencing facilities to all members of the STRI community. All users of the NML must pay a bench fee of $25/week ($100/month) when working in the lab. This fee provides users with access to all equipment, use of a lab bench, some plastics, other disposable supplies, and access to computers for data analysis. Other reagents can be purchased from laboratory stocks at cost. We also provide training in laboratory and data analysis protocols. Contact Eyda Gomez (gomeze@si.edu) for more information.
  • Analytical Biogeochemistry Laboratory: The STRI Analytical Biogeochemistry Laboratory (ABL) is an interdisciplinary laboratory that supports STRI scientists as well as visiting researchers and external institutions. The ABL can provide laboratory space with basic equipment and operates several major analytical instruments that can perform analyses on a wide variety of environmental samples including soils, waters, plant and animal tissue. Please contact Erik Johnson (johnsonee@si.edu) for service prices, scheduling, or any questions concerning analyses.
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