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Morris Animal Foundation Announces Call for Small Companion Animal Proposals

DENVER/December 14, 2017 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for grants focused on small animal health research (dogs and cats). Grant applications are due by March 14, 2018, and will be funded in the 2019 fiscal year.

The Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide that funds health studies benefiting cats, dogs, horses and wildlife. At any given time, the Foundation is actively funding more than 200 studies across a broad spectrum of species and diseases, with approximately $8 million in research funds disbursed annually.

Each year, the Foundation opens three separate calls for its major areas of focus – small animal, large animal (including horses, llamas and alpacas) and wildlife. To be considered for funding, applications are reviewed and rated based on impact and scientific rigor by the Foundation’s renowned scientific advisory board, made up of leaders in the scientific community. 

Grant types awarded by the Foundation include Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study. All proposals relevant to the mission of the Foundation are given equal consideration for funding. However, this year the Foundation is particularly interested in inviting small animal proposals that address the following topics in dogs and/or cats:

  • Prevention, treatment and diagnosis of heartworm disease
  • Genetics and epigenetics of health and disease
  • Gut health and the association of microbiome with health outcomes

Proposals are due Wednesday, March 14, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Detailed guidelines are available at:

About Morris Animal Foundation

Established in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation is dedicated to improving and protecting the health of animals through scientific innovation, education and inspiration. Our investment in research has yielded life-saving vaccines, new treatments for critical diseases, superior screening tests, and advanced diagnostic tools. We respond to emerging animal health threats that endanger entire species, and make new discoveries in basic animal biology to support applied research. With every study we fund – more than 2,600 to date – we strive to advance the science of veterinary medicine, honoring the founding principles of Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr. to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at