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DENVER/December 9, 2020 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for grants focused on feline health research. Grant applications are due by Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 4:59 p.m. ET.

The Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide that funds health studies benefiting cats, dogs, horses, llamas, alpacas and wildlife. The Foundation currently is funding 150 studies encompassing a broad spectrum of species and diseases, with approximately $8 million in research funds disbursed annually.

Among proposals on any topic that advance the health of companion felines, Morris Animal Foundation has a special interest in studies that address issues pertaining to obesity (including resultant or associated disease processes), pain management and end-of-life care.

“These particular areas of interest are a reflection of what our recent pet owner survey showed were among the major concerns for cat owners,” said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Chief Scientific Officer at Morris Animal Foundation. “Advancing research into the health needs of cats not only helps cats and their owners, but also our veterinary professionals who are working every day to provide the best care possible to their feline patients.”

Each year, the Foundation opens four separate calls for its major funding areas – feline, canine, large companion animal (horses and llamas/alpacas) and wildlife/exotics. To be considered for funding, applications are reviewed and rated based on impact and scientific rigor by the Foundation’s scientific advisory boards, made up of leaders in the animal health community.

Grant types awarded by the Foundation include Established InvestigatorFirst AwardFellowship Training and Pilot Study.

Interested researchers can apply for these grants and find more information at Morris Animal Foundation Apply.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Joshua Stern, BS, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology), University of California - Davis
  • Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, The Ohio State University
  • Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, FANZCVS (Feline Medicine), MMed Sci (Clinical Epidemiology), Zoetis
  • Timothy Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine and Oncology), University of Illinois
  • Gregg Dean, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Colorado State University
  • Paulo Steagall, MV, MSC, PhD, Diplomate ACVAA, University of Montreal
  • Sara Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB (Behavior), North Carolina State University
  • Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
  • Jenessa Winston, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), The Ohio State University

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at