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DENVER/April 10, 2023 — Morris Animal Foundation has announced a new call for research proposals to advance the health and welfare of domesticated horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

This request for proposals encompasses four award types: Established Investigator, Pilot Study, First Award, and Fellowship Training. For racehorses and wild equids, the Foundation funds research on health and quality of life outcomes likely to benefit the broader equid community. Proposals must clearly outline these universal outcomes. Using other species as models, including laboratory rodents, is not appropriate for this topic.

Interested researchers can find more information on the Foundation’s Grants page, including proposal documents. Applications must be submitted through the Foundation’s portal by the proposal submission deadline of 4:59 p.m. ET, June 19, 2024.  

Award categories include:  

  • Established Investigator awards are designed to provide funding for research by individuals and teams with a previous record of research and publication. The maximum duration of an Established Investigator Award is 36 months.  There is no limit to the budget request. However, we expect the average award to be about $100,000. 
  • First Award grants assist new faculty in establishing a successful research program. The maximum duration of a First Award is 24 months, and the total budget must be at most $120,000. 
  • Pilot Award grants fund innovative ideas to accelerate discovery and advance Morris Animal Foundation’s mission. The maximum duration of a Pilot Award is 12 months, and the total budget cannot exceed $20,000. 
  • Fellowship Training grants are designed to assist new investigators in launching a successful research career by providing salary support in a quality mentoring environment. The maximum duration of a Fellowship Training Grant is 24 months, and the total budget must be at most $145,000.

All applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of the health problem, possess sufficient expertise to conduct the study, implement a scientifically sound approach, and consider the overall environmental impact of their research to convince scientific and animal welfare reviewers.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Amy McLean, University of California, Davis
  • Harold McKenzie, Virginia Tech
  • Laura das Neves Patterson Rosa, Long Island University
  • Annette McCoy, University of Illinois
  • Ignacio Corradini, University of Nottingham
  • Priscila Serpa, Virginia Tech
  • Catharina De Schauwer, Ghent University
  • Simon Bailey, University of Melbourne
  • Nicola Menzies-Gow, Royal Veterinary College
  • Louise Southwood, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rosa Houben, Purdue
  • Lisa Katz, University College Dublin
  • Luca Villa, University of Milan
  • Ellen Rankins, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Sarah H. White-Springer, 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. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding nearly $160 million in more than 3,000 critical animal health studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at

Media Contact: Kelly Diehl