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Walter F. Coxe Research Grant

Grants to Alabama Individuals and Institutions for Scientific
Research Related to Local Conservation, Wildlife, and Plants

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Birmingham Audubon

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Grants of up to $2,500 to Alabama individuals and institutions for scientific research projects exploring the local environment. Funding is intended to cover costs associated with field and research supplies, minor equipment requirements, and necessary travel expenses to field sites.

Birmingham Audubon’s Walter F. Coxe Research Grants provide funding to support scientific research directly applicable to the exploration and conservation of Alabama’s plant and animal life.

The mission of Birmingham Audubon is to promote conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats, and the natural world.

Priority is given to field-based projects performed at Alabama localities and/or by researchers at Alabama-affiliated institutions.

In general, Walter F. Coxe research funding is intended to serve as seed money for the initiation of larger projects, or for the facilitation of applications to major funding agencies.

Walter F. Coxe Research Grants may only be used to cover direct research expenses such as those associated with:

- Research and field supplies;
- Essential, but otherwise unavailable, minor equipment;
- Essential travel to visit field sites, including but not limited to institutional and commercial car rentals.

If applying for car-based travel funds, applicants must provide an estimate of how many miles they will
travel during the course of the funding period, as well as the source of the estimate (e.g., Google Maps, Rand McNally Mileage Calculator), and the anticipated total fuel (ATF) expenses for which they are seeking reimbursement. To calculate the ATG, use the estimated miles to be traveled, the national average gas price at the time of the application (available from the AAA website:, and the average fuel efficiency (in miles per gallon) of the vehicle to be used: ATF = [(total estimated miles)/(miles per gallon)] * (AAA national gas average)

Any durable equipment purchased with these funds must remain with the applicant’s academic institution, as property thereof, and must be made available for future research projects at that institution.

All proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:

- The importance of the project, and its relevance to Alabama’s wildlife and/or conservation issues
- The scientific merit and methodological quality of the project
- The appropriateness of the budget, as outlined in the proposal
- The perceived ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed work
- The potential of Walter F. Coxe funding to contribute to a larger project, or to act as seed money for future funding

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176448

Number of Grants:

Birmingham Audubon generally anticipates funding several projects per year, depending on the merit of proposals received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Birmingham Audubon’s Walter F. Coxe Research Grants provide up to $2,500 per award.

The final amount of any given award may be adjusted at the discretion of Birmingham Audubon, and awards may be contingent upon the applicant obtaining any necessary additional financial support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals or institutions affiliated with Alabama may apply. While priority is given to field-based projects performed at Alabama localities and/or by researchers at Alabama-affiliated institutions, other applicants working on research applicable to conservation issues in the State are also encouraged to apply.

While most awards go to support research by graduate students, exceptional undergraduates and individuals without access to traditional research funding are also encouraged to apply.

Walter F. Coxe funding may not be used to cover salaries, stipends, indirect costs (i.e., overhead or “facilities and administrative” expenses), publication expenses, thesis printing, conference attendance, personal items (such as clothing), or basic field equipment (such as binoculars or cameras).

Pre-Application Information:

The annual application deadline is 15 December. Final decisions on funding are made within two to three months of the annual submission deadline.

All applicants are welcome to discuss the general suitability of a project idea with the Foundation staff prior to submission.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To discuss project ideas and submit applications, email:

Birmingham Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South, Second Floor
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: (205) 719-3678

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USA: Alabama