The Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) is the oldest and largest botanical garden in Arizona, and its mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of desert plants, wildlife and ecosystems through education, research and conversation. With the addition of the Wallace Desert Garden in 2020, BTA now holds collections of desert plants from the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Madagascar, India, China, Japan, Israel, South America, the Middle East, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula — totaling 4,047 taxa and 30,000+ plants within 135 acres of gardens.
BTA considers research proposals from ASU faculty, research scientists, postdocs and students to conduct research at BTA. We encourage researchers to visit BTA’s website to familiarize themselves with all the arboretum has to offer as well as their mission and strategic initiatives. Research proposals that align with BTA’s mission and goals are highly encouraged.
Eligibility and process
Proposed projects must include research done on site at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Proposals will be considered throughout the year; necessary details and the application process can be found at the link below. Once a proposal is submitted, a committee at BTA will review for approval. Approved projects are required to produce a yearly progress report.