Advancing Ornithology in Florida. Supporting Research and Education about Birds. Uniting Amateurs and Professionals in the Study of Wild Birds.

Helen G. and Allan D. Cruickshank Research Award

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The Helen G. and Allan D. Cruickshank Research Awards are given to support projects dealing with wild birds in Florida. Proposals submitted for research awards should be directed at improving knowledge of Florida birds and should propose work to be done in Florida. Students (undergraduate to PhD) are especially encouraged to apply; post-doctoral level scientists and non-profit organizations or their representatives may also be considered for funding. The maximum amount awarded each year typically falls in the range of $2000-2500; multiple awards for smaller grants are commonly provided.

Due Date: February 15 of each year.


Applications must contain 4 distinct parts:
(1) an updated CV with current contact information;
(2) a research proposal of up to 8 double-spaced pages (4 single-spaced; excluding references, figures, and tables);
(3) a 1-page research Budget showing total project costs, and what portion of the total this award will cover.
(4) a timeline indicating when work will be completed.

Research proposals must be well-written and contain an Introduction/Background section with literature review; a clear statement of Research Objectives, Study Design, proposed Methods and Materials that include information on the study area/species, and a short Synthesis and Significance section at the end emphasizing why funding this project will enhance knowledge or conservation of Florida birds.

All application materials should be put into a single PDF file, in order, and emailed to the Committee Chair with CRUICKSHANK PROPOSAL in the title line.

Applications will be assessed in three content areas:
(1) basic biology (new understanding of bird biology in area(s) of specialization);
(2) conservation biology (new understanding of how populations, species, or communities (patterns, processes) are affected by humans such that this understanding could lead to designing better protection of avian biodiversity);
(3) management application (testing of management techniques that foster native birds: species, populations, communities).

Proposals must be feasible with a strong chance of success if this award is received. They should be strong in one or more of the focal areas.

Katie Sieving
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
University of Florida
Phone: 352-846-0569.

Applications must be received by close of business, February 15th. Recipients will be announced at the Spring meeting of the Florida Ornithological Society.

For questions concerning the Cruickshank Research Award, please contact the Committee Chairman.

Year Recipient Project
2009 Travis Wilcoxen

Influence of heredity and food abundance on parental effort in the Florida scrub-jay

2007 Mariane Korosy

Non-breeding season diet reconstruction and habitat partitioning among Florida Grasshopper, Grasshooper, Bachman's, and Henslow's Sparrows in Florida dry prairie

2007 Garth Herring

Validating the use of stress proteins as a metric of physiological condition of Everglades wading birds

2004 Matthew Reetz

Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater ater) expansion into Florida and interactions with native songbird hosts

2004 Lori Blanc

Experimental study of the longleaf pine cavity-nesting bird community: the role of the red-cockaded woodpecker

2001 Matthew S. Schrader

Is there a parasite mediated cost of reproduction in the Red-bellied Woodpecker?

2000 Kimberly Boots Brand

Body mass variation in breeding Florida Scrub Jays

2000 David L. Leonard

A habitat, re-introduction, and genetic study of the White-breasted Nuthatch

2000 Audrey Washburn

Phylogeography of a trans-equatorial migrant: The Swallow-tailed Kite

1999 Pamela Bowen

A statewide population survey of the Burrowing Owl in Florida