Kentucky Ornithological Society

Burt Monroe, Jr., Avian Research Fund

Fund History

Least Bittern - Steve Graham
Least Bittern - Steve Graham

The Burt Monroe, Jr., Avian Research Fund was established in honor of Dr. Burt L. Monroe, Jr., who was an internationally-known and respected authority on avian taxonomy and an active member of the Kentucky Ornithological Society. Dr. Monroe served as the Society's President from 1973 to 1975. KOS members and non-members are encouraged to support the Monroe fund and avian research in Kentucky through their donations.

Fund Purpose

Financial support from this fund (not to exceed $5,000) is to be used for basic scientific research. Matching funds from other sources is strongly encouraged and availability of such funds will be taken into consideration by committee members in making funding decisions. No portion of this fund is to be used for administrative overhead or other such costs not directly associated with the conduct of research. Financial support may be approved for a period of two years but may not exceed $5,000 for a single project. It is further prohibited for the same project to receive funds from both the Burt Monroe Fund and the Gordon Wilson Fund in the same calendar year.

Eligible Applicants

KOS members needing funds (up to $5,000) to assist them in conducting research on birds in Kentucky.

Application Due Date

Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the Chairperson of the KOS Avian Research Fund Committee by January 15 of each year. Notification of the funding decisions will be made by March 15 of each year after approval from the KOS Board at its spring meeting.

What To Submit

A completed application form, along with the supplemental documentation listed in the instructions, should be submitted to the chair of the committee. The application form and submission instructions can be found in the application packet.

Reporting Requirements

A brief written report of the results of the project is required and should be submitted for publication in The Kentucky Warbler. A presentation of the project report at a spring or fall KOS meeting is also encouraged but not required.