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DENVER/July 26, 2021 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for grants advancing the knowledge and understanding of the health and overall well-being of animals residing in coastal wetland ecosystems. Grant applications are due by Monday, October 4, 2021, 4:59 p.m. EST. The Foundation is not accepting proposals on other wildlife topics at this time.

The ecosystems of interest include fresh and saltwater wetlands within the coastal watershed, such as freshwater swamps, rocky shorelines and sandbars. Species the Foundation would like to support include bird, reptile, invertebrate, amphibian and terrestrial or aquatic mammal species.

“Coastal wetlands represent some of the most biodiverse regions in the world, and also some of the most at-risk regions due to multiple threats from global climate change, pollution, invasive species and human development,” said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Chief Scientific Officer. “Given the urgency we face in protecting these ecosystems, the Foundation decided to dedicate its next call for wildlife proposals to this area of critical need.”

Morris Animal 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 160 studies in the United States and around the world encompassing a broad spectrum of species and diseases.

Each year, the Foundation opens four separate calls for its major funding areas – feline, canine, equine and wildlife. 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 scientific community.

Grant types awarded by the Foundation include Established InvestigatorFirst AwardFellowship Training and Pilot Study. The Foundation’s funding structure has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested researchers should refer to each category’s guidelines for more detailed information on budgets.

Interested researchers can apply for these grants and find more information here.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Chair: Bridgett VonHoldt, PhD, Princeton University
  • Heather W. Barron, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-avian, CertAqV, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
  • Val Beasley, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ABVT University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Becki Lawson, MA VetMB MSc PhD DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) FRCVS Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom
  • Mark A. Mitchell, DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herpetology) Louisiana State University
  • Hendrik Nollens, DVM, MSc, PhD, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
  • Mauricio Seguel, DVM, PhD, DACVP Unversity of Guelph, Canada
  • Cynthia Smith DVM, National Marine Mammal Institute
  • Josie South, PhD, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Dirk Werling, DVM, DrMedVet, PhD, FVH, CI, FHEA, MRCVS, The Royal Veterinary College University of London, United Kingdom

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 $136 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at