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DENVER/Updated September 30, 2022 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting requests for proposals for studies focused on interactions between mitochondrial function and chronic diseases in dogs or cats. Proposals are due Wednesday, November 23, 2022 by 4:59 p.m. ET.

Such diseases might include cognitive dysfunction syndrome, renal disease, unresponsive atopic dermatitis, and dilated cardiomyopathy; although any diseases where mitochondrial dysfunction may play a role are of interest.

Proposals should focus on the connection of mitochondrial energy function at the cellular level with systemic wellness. Wellness should be interpreted broadly, inclusive of behavior, energy, appetite and emotional (affective) states. We will not accept off-topic proposals for this RFP.

Samples from Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study may be made available to relevant projects. The maximum project duration is 36 months and the budget cannot exceed $150,000. Indirect costs are not permitted for this RFP.

This RFP is supported by the Morris Animal Foundation Donor-Inspired Study program which allows individuals or organizations to partner with the Foundation in advancing research topics for which there is a pressing need.

All proposals submitted to Morris Animal Foundation in response to this RFP will undergo administrative and scientific review by a Scientific Advisory Board. Interested researchers can find additional information, including award types and funding levels at Morris Animal Foundation Apply for a Grant.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Gagandeep Kaur, DVM, PhD, Western University (Pomona, CA)
  • Jen Irving, MRCVS, MVetMed, DipRCPath, Harper & Keele Veterinary School (UK)
  • Marnin Forman, DVM, DACVIM, Cornell University (Vet)
  • Ronald Koh, DVM, MS, DACVSMR, CVA, CCRP, CVMMP, CVCH, CVFT, University of California/Davis
  • Susan Wagner, DVM, MS, ACVIM (Neurology), The Ohio State University

About Morris Animal Foundation
Founded in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $149 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

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