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 Calls for Grant Proposals

Veterinary Student Scholars

The Foundation is now accepting applications for its Veterinary Student Scholar program. The Veterinary Student Scholar 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 dogs, cats, horses, llamas, alpacas 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. Each institution may select and submit only one student project application, per year.

Applications are due Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by 4:59 p.m. EST.

For more details, please see the Veterinary Student Scholar grant guidelines in the Grant Guidelines and Criteria section below.

NOTE: Morris Animal Foundation is transitioning to a new grants application system in late November 2019, and the link to submit the application will be unavailable until that time.  Feel free to work on the application document using the grant guidelines below in the meantime and check back in early December to complete the online form and upload the application document

Upcoming Grant Announcements

Wildlife/Exotics Grants
Proposals on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics health and welfare were due on November 13, 2019. Funding decisions will be made in March 2020. The next call for Wildlife/Exotics animal proposals will be in mid-August 2020, with proposals due in mid-November 2020. For additional details on our various grant types, please see Grant Guidelines and Criteria above.

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Projects
Proposals on topics relevant to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Project were due on February 1, 2019. Proposal selections will be made in early April 2019. The next call for Golden Retriever Lifetime Study projects will be early January 2020, with proposals due in early February 2020. For additional details on our various grant types, please see Grant Guidelines and Criteria above.

Canine Grants
Proposals on topics relevant to canine health were due on March 13, 2019. Funding decisions will be made in July 2019. The next call for canine proposals will be in mid-December 2019, with proposals due in mid-March 2020. For additional details on our various grant types, please see Grant Guidelines and Criteria above.

Feline Grants
Proposals on topics relevant to feline health were due on March 13, 2019. Funding decisions will be made in July 2019. The next call for feline proposals will be in mid-December 2019, with proposals due in mid-March 2020. For additional details on our various grant types, please see Grant Guidelines and Criteria above.

Large Companion Animal Grants
Proposals on topics relevant to large companion animal health were due on July 10, 2019. Funding decisions will be made in November 2019. The next call for large companion animal proposals will be in mid-April 2020, with proposals due in mid-July 2020. For additional details on our various grant types, please see Grant Guidelines and Criteria above.

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.

Data Commons

Data Commons is an open, free database available to the research and educational communities. Qualified individuals can gain access to data generated by the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, one of the largest and most comprehensive longitudinal studies ever conducted in veterinary health research.

Review all information regarding our grant application process

For additional questions, email: [email protected].

Veterinarians & Students

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