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DENVER/July 19, 2021 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for research studies on equine colic, with a specific focus on the intestinal tract. Grant applications are due by Monday, September 27, 2021, 4:59 p.m. ET, and will be funded in the 2022 fiscal year.

Proposals should advance the knowledge and understanding of one or more of these areas for colic: risk factors, prevention or early detection, feeding and nutrition, and pathophysiology. The Foundation is not accepting new proposals or resubmissions on other topics under this request for proposals.

Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit organizations worldwide that funds health studies benefiting horses, cats, dogs, llamas, alpacas and wildlife. The Foundation currently is funding 150 studies encompassing a broad spectrum of species and diseases, with approximately $3.3 million in new research funds disbursed annually.

Each year, the Foundation opens four separate calls for its major funding areas – equine, feline, canine and wildlife. This year’s equine topic is based on responses to recent surveys of both horse owners and veterinarians, which indicated colic as the area most in need of further research.

To be considered for funding, applications are reviewed and rated based on scientific rigor and impact for veterinarians and horse owners by the Foundation’s scientific advisory board, comprised of leaders in the international equine research community.

Interested researchers can apply for these grants and find more information on the Grants page of the Foundation’s website.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Chair: Brandy A. Burgess, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVPM, The University of Georgia
  • Debbie Archer, BVMS PhD CertES (Soft Tissue) DipECVS FRCVS FHEA, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Fairfield T. Bain, DVM, MBA, Diplomate, ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC, Merck Animal Health, 
  • Sarah Freeman, MRCVS, PhD, CertVA, CertVR, CertES (Soft Tissue), DipECVS, FHEA, FRCVS, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Pat Harris, MA, PhD, DipECVCN, VetMB, MRCVS Mars Horsecare UK Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Gabriele Landolt, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, Colorado State University
  • Kara Lascola, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA, CVA, Auburn University
  • Mathijs Theelen, DVM, Dipl. ECEIM, EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Michael Mienaltowski, DVM, PhD University of California Davis
  • Canaan Whitfield-Cargile, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVS-LA Texas A&M University

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Headquartered in Denver, and founded in 1948, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $141 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at