New year, new funding opportunities

To everyone out there doing great work for animals: may 2011 be a successful year for you! Here are a few new funding announcements to help get things rolling in a positive direction.

  • The Cat Health Network—a collaborative effort of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), and Winn Feline Foundation (WFF)—will supply genotyping arrays and re-grant a total pool of close to $100,000 annually to feline biomedical investigators conducting studies on the contribution of genetic factors to specific feline diseases. Funding requests must be submitted to the Morris Animal Foundation by March 1, 2011. A three-page MS-Word document providing in-depth application guidelines—including technical specifications, supplemental application materials, and proposal formatting requirements—can be downloaded from the Morris Animal Foundation’s Web site.

  • The Animal Welfare Institute is accepting applications for $10,000 grants through its Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards program to support breakthrough research focused on strategies and tools for managing wildlife conflict and conducting scientific studies of wild species in a humane, non-lethal manner. The application deadline is March 25, 2011; specific guidelines provide details regarding award eligibility, application materials, and past award recipients.

  • The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) offers a Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) providing up to $25,000 per year to large animal veterinarians practicing in rural areas identified as having shortages in veterinary service. The submission deadline is March 29, 2011; veterinarians interested in applying should consult NIFA’s detailed guidelines for applicants, which include eligibility requirements, loan repayment terms, an overview of the application review process, frequently asked questions, and more.

  • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is inviting the submission of preliminary funding requests relating to sea turtle research and conservation by April 1, 2011. Awards will be made as challenge grants (see previous post, “The rewards of challenge grants“) ranging from $25,000-$150,000, requiring a minimum of a 1:1 match of cash or in-kind services. Upon review of pre-proposals, the foundation will invite a select group of applicants to submit a full proposal describing their work in greater depth for further consideration. The foundation’s detailed guidelines list priority funding areas and eligibility requirements, and provide an overview of the grants process.
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