Apply For a Grant

Morris Animal Foundation works tirelessly to accelerate promising research focused on improving the lives of animals around the world. We fund the best researchers, conducting the best science, whether in a clinical trial, in the lab, or out in the field. We welcome applications from dedicated scientists who seek not only to discover but to turn discoveries into action for animals.

Open Grant Call for Proposals

Small Animal Grants

Proposals on topics relevant to small companion animal health and welfare are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

All proposals relevant to the mission of the Foundation will be given equal consideration for funding. However, this year, we are particularly interested in proposals that address the following topics:

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

Funding decisions will be made in mid-July 2018 with grant awards starting as early as August 1, 2018.

For application materials, please see Grants Guidelines & Criteria below.


Open Grant Call For Proposals

Veterinary Student Scholars

Applications are due Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by 11:59PM EST.

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars program is a highly competitive program that provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or welfare of companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas and companion exotics) and wildlife.

The program is open to currently enrolled veterinary students in good standing from any AVMA-accredited US or international college, university or school of veterinary medicine. 

For application materials, please see Grants Guidelines & Criteria below.

Upcoming Grant Announcements

Large Animal Grants

The next call for large companion animal proposals will be in mid-April 2018, with proposals due on July 18, 2018. Funding decisions will be made in early November 2018, with notifications emailed to applicants by mid-month.

Wildlife/Exotics Grants

Proposals on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics health were due on November 15, 2017. Funding decisions will be made in mid-March 2018; notifications emailed to applicants by early-April 2018; and grant awards will start as early as May 1, 2018.

Receiving a Foundation Grant

It's a highly competitive process and depends on the amount of available funding, the number of proposals for a given health issue or animal and donor interest. Grant proposals are accepted for small companion animals (dogs and cats), large companion animals (horses and llamas/alpacas) and wildlife.

Review all information regarding our grant application process.

For additional questions, email:

Veterinarians & Students

We're proud to fund animal health research that advances veterinary medicine.

Feline SNP Arrays

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