Foundation / Corporation
Winn Feline Foundation and PetSmart Charities
Grants of up to $25,000 to USA practicing and faculty veterinarians, veterinary students, and post-doctoral fellows for research on free-roaming and shelter cats, with an emphasis on conditions and diseases that affect them. The goal of the funding is to advance the health of free-roaming and shelter cats and encourage the best shelter medicine practices for all USA shelters.
Winn Feline Foundation, in collaboration with PetSmart Charities®, is pleased to announce again for 2019 a special emphasis request for proposals in feline shelter medicine. Animal shelters in the United States take in and care for over 3 million cats each year. Some are healthy kittens with a high likelihood of adoption; many are adult or senior cats that are injured or ill, and often stressed, increasing their susceptibility to disease. Illness and behavioral issues reduce the likelihood of adoption and place significant burden on shelter resources at both the level of population-based care and individual animal care. Winn Feline Foundation is requesting proposals to address the needs of shelter and free-roaming cats, which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)
- Internal and external parasitism (eg. Scabies)
- Unweaned (Neonatal health)
- Diarrhea in neonates/foster kittens
Impact of housing and its associated stressors which can lead to:
- Stress-associated reactivation of latent herpes virus infection andfeline URI
- Intensive handling needs that increase transmission of serious disease such as panleukopenia, ringworm or diarrhea.
- Stress-associated failure to engage in normal health maintenance behaviors, such as elimination, grooming and eating, and the associated consequences.
- Euthanasia due to feral/fearful behavior.
Projects should have discrete and achievable goals within the $25,000 limit. They must demonstrate their relevance or benefit to improving feline health and welfare, particularly regarding shelter or free-roaming cats. Pilot studies will be accepted and should be clearly designated as such. Competitive proposals will include application of research outcomes to both individual animal care as well as population-level management, and must include a clear communication plan to disseminate findings to academic colleagues (in peer-reviewed publication) and shelters (in a lay-language technical bulletin).
GrantWatch ID#: 182475
Winn Feline Foundation will be offering at least 3 grant awards again in the spring of 2019.
The maximum grant amount is $25,000.
Only proposals that can be completed within a 1-year time frame will be considered.
Applicants may be faculty veterinarians, post-doctoral fellows (PhDs, either DVM or non-DVM), practicing veterinarians or veterinary students with an interest in feline shelter medicine or population management.
Funding will not be provided to individual shelters to enhance adoption, as the intention of this special emphasis RFP is to broadly impact shelter medicine and foster dissemination of best practices to all shelters across the US.
Winn Feline Foundation only supports research for which humane treatment of animals is assured. Any grant request including the use of animals must first be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the researcher’s institution.
Winn does not fund projects requiring euthanasia as an endpoint or the induction of disease or injury unless the nature of the disease or condition studied offers such significant improvement in feline health and such means are justified. Winn does not fund studies where the induction of disease is terminal.
At the conclusion of an accepted project, every effort must be made to adopt the cats used into loving homes.
- Deadline for receipt of applications: December 10, 2018
- Awards will be announced by mid-May, 2019
To apply for a Winn Feline Foundation grant, submit your electronic proposal as ONE complete Microsoft Word document. Proposals submitted in separate pieces will not be reviewed. The Primary Investigator and Grant Administrator will receive a confirmation email once the document is received.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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