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Small Animal Studies

There are currently no calls for small companion animal proposals on the traditional application cycle. Scroll down for other funding opportunities.

Proposals on topics relevant to small companion animal health and welfare were due on March 18, 2015. Funding decisions will made in early July 2015 and grant awards may start as early as August 1, 2015.

The next call for small companion animal proposals will be in mid-December 2015 with proposals due on March 16, 2016.

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Proactive Research Calls


The Mark L. Morris, Jr. Investigator Award – Canine Mitral Valve Disease

Deadline: August 19, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. EST

Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to announce the Mark L. Morris, Jr. Investigator Award to honor the legacy and vision of the son of our founder. The Mark L. Morris, Jr. Investigator Award is designed to support research that will have great impact and make meaningful progress in a chosen area for animal health. The first topic selected for this award is canine mitral valve disease. Of particular interest to the Foundation will be novel and innovative approaches to solving canine mitral valve disease (curing existing disease and/or preventing its occurrence) within the three (3) to four year timeline of this award. 

The Award will fund a single project from a single principal investigator for three years, with the possibility of a fourth year of funding with adequately demonstrated progress. The amount of the Award will be up to $200,000 per year (plus 8% indirect costs allowed by Morris Animal Foundation).

Unique features of this award include:

  •  Salary support for the principal investigator can be up to $50,000 annually (25% of annual budget)

  •  Capital equipment purchase is allowable up to $30,000, with budget justification

  •  The potential for a fourth year of funding is available with demonstrated progress toward specific

Please review the following documents (online application required):

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Coronavirus (Feline Infectious Peritonitis/FIP) in Domestic Cats

Proposals were due on May 20, 2015.  Funding decisions will be made in July/August 2015 and grant awards may start as early as September 1, 2015.

The Morris Animal Foundation Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Cure Initiative is a challenge to co-join basic and clinical research to accelerate progress toward developing effective diagnostics and/or therapeutics for feline coronavirus infection, specifically FIP, in domestic cats.


Morris Animal Foundation - Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research Veterinary Fellowship for Small Companion Animal Nutrition

Proposals were due on July 1, 2015.  Funding decisions will be made in August 2015 and grant awards may start as early as October 1, 2015.

The MAF/BBFCR Fellowship in Small Companion Animal Nutrition is a two year award made to an institutional training program that will provide salary support for a post-DVM or post-PhD student pursuing post-doctoral research training in companion animal nutrition.

Proposals relevant to “The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, Addressing Evidence-based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction” were last due on December 1, 2014.  Information regarding the next call for proposals will be posted here as soon as it is available.