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DENVER/September 16, 2022 – Morris Animal Foundation has announced a new request for proposals for Fellowship Training grants designed to assist scientists in launching successful research careers. The fellowships provide salary support in a quality mentoring environment.

This year, additional funding is allocated for applicants from historically marginalized groups in canine and wildlife health through our Donor-Inspired Study program. Sally R. McIntosh, a Morris Animal Foundation donor for nearly 14 years, hopes to increase diversity in the animal health research community through this added fellowship funding.

McIntosh made her first gift to support greyhound health research in 2009. Since then, her support has expanded into other areas of animal health research, including wildlife health. McIntosh said she appreciates the comprehensive, scientific process Morris Animal Foundation uses to fund critical areas of research.

“Our Fellowship Training program provides opportunities for promising scientists to advance their professional development, as well as for the Foundation to actively support the next generation of animal health researchers,” said Dr. Kathy Tietje, Vice President of Scientific Operations at Morris Animal Foundation. “Funding often can be a barrier to individuals who would otherwise excel in research science. Our hope is that our expanded Fellowship Training grants can help break those barriers down.”

The maximum project duration of a Fellowship Training grant is 24 months, and the total budget cannot exceed $125,000 USD. 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 at Morris Animal Foundation Apply for a Grant.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Chair - Val Beasley, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ABVT, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, The Ohio State University
  • Katherine Fogelberg, DVM, PhD, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Aarti Kathrani, BVetMed (Hons), PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, FHEA, Royal Veterinary College (UK)
  • Budhan Pakazhenthi, PhD, Smithsonian Institute
  • Kelsey Shaw, DVM, Emory University
  • Candice Chu, DVM, PhD, DACVP, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nadia Saklou, DVM, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Carly Moody, MSc, PhD, University of California/Davis
  • Kaori Sakamoto, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, University of Georgia
  • Scott Taylor, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Rachael Kreisler, VMD, MSCE, DACVPM (Epidemiology), Midwestern University (AZ)

About Morris Animal Foundation

Headquartered in Denver and 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

Media Contact: Kelly Diehl