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Grants and Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Researchers and Research Teams for Research Projects Related to Large Animals

Equid Health Grants


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/12/23 4:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants and fellowships to USA, Canada, and International researchers and research teams associated with institutions for projects to improve the health and welfare of large companion animals, such as horses, mules, ponies, and donkeys. Funding is available for any topic relevant to equid health.

The mission of Morris Animal Foundation is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. To achieve this aim, the Foundation funds hypothesis-driven, humane research projects with high scientific merit and the potential for significant impact.

Proposals should advance the science of the health and overall welfare of domestic horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. Please note that for racehorses and other professional athletes, the Foundation funds research focused on health and quality of life only where outcomes are likely to be of universal equine/equid benefit. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applicants for all categories of award must convince the scientific and animal welfare reviewers that they clearly understand the health problem, have sufficient expertise to conduct the study, are using a scientifically sound approach, and have given appropriate consideration to the overall environmental impact of their research. A maximum of one application as PI/Co-Investigator in response to this RFP is permitted.

Established Investigator: Competitive applicants for this award will have a record of expertise demonstrated through peer-reviewed publication.

First Award: First Award grants are designed to assist early career researchers in establishing a successful research program. The applicant must have completed a PhD and have a permanent position in a university, accredited zoo or conservation organization, or non-academic equivalent. Postdoctoral researchers should be completing their program and proposing research intended to be conducted in a permanent position. Applicants must not have received previous funding of more than $25,000 for any single extramural award as a Principal Investigator. Please state this in your candidate letter of intent. Previous funding as a Co-Investigator is acceptable. This application requires supporting statements from one or more appropriately experienced mentors.

Pilot Study: Pilot Study Awards provide funding for proof-of-concept studies in animal health research.

Fellowship Training: Applicants must hold a veterinary degree (such as DVM) or a PhD at the time of the grant award. Awardees must devote at least 75% time to the research project; clinical residents and those with clinical service requirements greater than 25% time are not eligible. Applicants with a PhD must have earned the PhD within 4 years of the grant application date. Candidates who have held a PhD more than 4 years, and other candidates in permanent salaried positions at the time of application are not eligible for a Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship. These researchers may wish to pursue a non-Fellowship training grant under the First Award mechanism.

Individuals currently in a residency program are not eligible.

Use of other species as models (including laboratory rodents) is not appropriate for this topic.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: July 12, 2023 at 4:59 p.m. ET


Estimated Size of Grant
Established Investigator Award: The total budget cannot exceed $100,000 USD.

First Award: The total budget cannot exceed $125,000 USD.

Pilot Award: The total budget cannot exceed $20,000 USD.

Fellowship Training Grant: The total budget cannot exceed $145,000.

Term of Contract
The maximum duration of an Established Investigator Award is 36 months.

The maximum duration of a First Award is 24 months.

The maximum duration of a Pilot Award is 12 months.

The maximum duration of a Fellowship Training Grant is 24 months.

Contact Information
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Morris Animal Foundation
720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 174A
Denver, CO 80246

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