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Grants and Awards

The Tennessee Ornithological Society awards the TOS Conservation and Research Grant. The Knoxville Chapter of the TOS also provides the annual J. B. Owen Award for projects that promote the welfare and conservation of birds in Tennessee. Click here for information on the Owen award. Click here for a list of recently awarded TOS Conservation and Research Grants.

Following are application guidelines for the TOS Conservation and Research Grant.

The Tennessee Ornithological Society invites applications for Conservation and Research Grants to support projects that will directly or indirectly help to protect the birds of Tennessee, increase scientific knowledge, or educate others about the importance of Tennessee's birds.  A total of $3000 may be available; this total may be divided among multiple recipients.  

Anyone with a bird-related project, including students, professionals, and individual workers, may compete for a grant.  The project may already be in progress at the time of application.  Applicants should submit a project proposal using the following application form or submit the same information in a letter.
Grant Form (MS Word format)

The information needed includes: name, address, telephone, E-mail address (if any) of applicant, topic, problem to be addressed, objectives, expected results and significance, project location, beginning and ending dates, estimated field time, estimated total cost of project, itemized budget, funds available from other sources, how grant is to be used, experience of applicant in the project area, willingness of applicant to share results at a statewide TOS meeting, and if the work is under the guidance of a mentor or is independent.

A letter of recommendation from a mentor or a knowledgeable associate is strongly encouraged.  Up to $50 of a grant may be applied toward the costs of attending an appropriate scientific meeting to present results of the project.

Criteria for judging applications will include:
--  Significance of problem addressed,
--  Clarity of proposal,
--  Adequacy of project design,
--  Adequacy of experience/training,
--  Adequacy of professional guidance,
--  Financial need,
--  Chance for achieving objectives,
--  Potential benefit to the species/resource,
--  Potential for advancing career/studies, and
--  Potential for sharing results at a future statewide TOS meeting.

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 1.  Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decisions immediately following the Fall TOS meeting in early November.  A check for 60 percent of the amount awarded will be mailed to the grantee(s) upon approval of the award(s).  The balance of each award will be paid after the project leader sends a satisfactory progress report with itemized costs and receipts to the Committee. All grant awards will be announced in The Tennessee Warbler.

The application and letter of recommendation should be emailed (preferably) or mailed to Michael Collins, Department of Biology, Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112; phone: (901) 843-3557, (901) 843-3565 (FAX); email: collinsm@rhodes.edu


Virginia Reynolds, treynold@comcast.net;
Michael Collins, collinsm@rhodes.edu;
Frank Fekel, fekel@evans.tsuniv.edu;
Jimmy Wilkerson

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