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Ministry of Commerce and Industry Scientific Research Permit Application

Dirección Nacional de Recursos Minerales

(For exclusive use on scientific, academic, and educational work Paleontology and Paleoecology)

To apply for a Scientific Research Permit for Paleontological and Paleocological work from the National Directorate for Mineral Resources (Ministry of Commerce and Industry - MICI), you MUST include the following information/documents in your application package:

Your application package contains sensitive privacy information. The document (s) must be submitted through a secure transfer or an encrypted email, with the password called in by phone or on a separate email.

  1. Dirección Nacional de Recursos Minerales Research Proposal duly completed in Spanish and MSWord editable format
    (For your convenience we can provide a list of independent translators that you may contact directly).
  2. For each member of the personnel included in the Dirección Nacional de Recursos Minerales Research Proposal (Item 1 above) you MUST include in your permit application package:
    1. Curriculum Vitae (English or Spanish)
    2. A Copy of the passport photo page. For Panama Citizens, include a copy of their Cédula instead of the passport photo page.
    3. Two identical carnet size color photos.
  3. NOTE: Front face, no sleeveless dress or shirt
  4. If you have been granted a permit from the MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AN INDUSTRY in the past, you MUST include in your permit application package:
    1. Documents outlined in points #1 and #2 above
    2. Publications resulting from research conducted under those permits, including their abstracts in Spanish. If publications are not available, you MUST submit a progress report in Spanish.
    3. Copy of the expired (or current) MICI research permit
    4. Copy of the expired (or current) MICI carnet
    5. Two identical carnet size color photos.

Please send the duly completed permit application package to the scientific permits office: stri-permits@si.edu

Panamanian authorities can take up to 45 working days to issue a permit (not counting holidays), in addition, the STRI office often requires a 2-week processing period, we therefore recommend that you submit your permit requests at least 3 months prior to the planned start of your work.

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