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Small Animal Studies

There are currently no calls for Small Companion Animal (Dog and Cat) proposals on the traditional application cycle (Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study). See below for other funding opportunities.

Proposals on topics relevant to small companion animal health and welfare were due on March 15, 2017. Funding decisions will be made in early July 2017 with grant awards starting as early as August 1, 2017.

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Morris Animal Foundation announces call for pilot proposals for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for pilot projects pertaining to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. We are Interested in collaborative projects that contribute to our understanding of the nutritional, environmental, and genetic risk factors for cancer and other health outcomes in a cohort of over 3,000 Golden Retrievers. In this proposal cycle, we are particularly interested in pilot project focused on –omics and their association with disease.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a groundbreaking longitudinal study comprised of annually-collected owner- and veterinarian reported data, serum, whole blood, DNA, urine, feces, hair and toenails from our cohort of privately-owned dogs living throughout the lower 48 United States. The primary goal of the study is to identify the incidence of and risk factors for osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, and high grade mast cell tumors.

Proposals may request access to data and/or samples only. Please note that this call does not include funding. The purpose of this pilot cycle is to generate preliminary data to identify priorities for further study aimed at the main goals of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Investigators on selected proposals will work with the Morris Animal Foundation Intramural Research Team to develop projects that optimize the efficiency of sample use; therefore, interested investigators are encouraged to contact us prior to proposal submission for more information.

Please contact:
Missy Simpson, Epidemiologist, at or
Barb Wolfe, Chief Scientific Officer, at

Proposals are due Wednesday, November 1, 2017 11:59 p.m. EST. All proposals should be emailed to Missy Simpson at the address above with “Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Pilot RFP” in the subject line.

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