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DENVER/May 16, 2022 – Morris Animal Foundation has announced new funding opportunities for studies addressing specific feline health topics. The Foundation is accepting research proposals focused on five of some of the most common health issues affecting cats: cancer, dental disease, cognitive dysfunction disease, behavior and shelter medicine. Proposals will need to address specific areas within those themes and should have a strong emphasis on situations seen in primary care practices and shelters unless otherwise indicated.

“For 2023, we are narrowing our research focus to achieve the biggest impact on the overall health of broad populations of cats,” said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Morris Animal Foundation Chief Scientific Officer. “We are excited to give the research community the opportunity to focus on issues that are prevalent, in need of research funding and of high interest to cat owners and their veterinarians.”

For this call, research data should be collected from populations of domestic cats. Free-roaming unowned populations also are relevant. Projects involving other feline species or the impacts of cats on wildlife are not included in this call. 

Applications will be reviewed and rated, based on impact and scientific rigor, by a scientific advisory board, made up of subject matter experts. Interested researchers can find additional information, including award types and funding levels here.  

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Ohio State University
  • Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB (Behavior), North Carolina State University
  • Jacqueline C. Neilson, DVM, DACVB, Elanco
  • Matthew Krecic, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVIM, American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Margaret Slater, DVM, PhD, ASPCA
  • Kai-Biu Shiu, BVMS, BSc (Hons), DACVIM,  VCA Animal Hospitals
  • Derecka Alexander, MPH, DVM, USDA-NIFA
  • Melanie Dobromylskyj, BSc Vet Path (Hons), BVSc, PhD, FRCPath, FRCVS, Finn Pathologists, UK                                                                         
  • Emi Barker, BSc (hons), BVSc (hons,) PhD, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS, University of Bristol, UK
  • JoAnn Morrison, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Banfield Pet Hospitals

About Morris Animal Foundation

Headquartered in Denver, and founded in 1948, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $142 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

Media contact: Dane Madrid