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Equid Proposals - Established Investigator, First and Pilot Study Awards

Morris Animal Foundation (MAF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #181760

Grant Description

Grants and fellowships to USA, Canada, and International researchers and research teams associated with institutions for projects to improve the health and welfare of large companion animals, such as horses, mules, ponies, and donkeys. Applicants must register for the online portal prior to submitting an application.

The mission of Morris Animal Foundation is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. To achieve this aim, the Foundation funds hypothesis-driven, humane research projects with high scientific merit and the potential for significant impact.

The Foundation is accepting proposals on all topics that aim to improve domestic equid health. This year, the Foundation is specifically interested in funding one or more proposals that answers one of the following research questions on the topic of pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), that were identified during a priority setting partnership workshop:

  1. In animals with PPID, what is the expected disease progression over their lifetime both with and without treatment?
  2. In animals with PPID, are there any effective treatments other than pergolide? These may include non-prescription treatments e.g. Agnus Castus, homeopathy or other herbal products.
  3. In animals with PPID receiving treatment with pergolide, is the risk of laminitis reduced?
  4. What are the short- and/or long-term side effects of pergolide treatment in animals with PPID?
  5. In animals with PPID, does the dose of pergolide need to vary with the season?
  6. In animals with suspected PPID, what is the best way to deal with inconclusive or conflicting test results and/or clinical signs?
  7. What is the best way of dealing with animals with PPID who do not respond to pergolide treatment even when the maximum dose has been reached?

Proposals should advance the science of the health and overall welfare of domestic horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules. Please note that for racehorses and other professional athletes, the Foundation funds research focused on health and quality of life only where outcomes are likely to be of universal equine/equid benefit. Use of other species as models (including laboratory rodents) is not appropriate for this topic.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants for all categories of award must convince the scientific and animal welfare reviewers that they clearly understand the health problem, have sufficient expertise to conduct the study, are using a scientifically sound approach, and have given appropriate consideration to the overall environmental impact of their research. A maximum of one application as PI/Co-Investigatorin response to this RFP is permitted.

Established Investigator: Competitive applicants for this award will have a record of expertise demonstrated through peer-reviewed publication. Researchers with active grants (either Established Investigator or First Award) as the RFP opens are not eligible. Prior Morris Animal Foundation grants must be complete with final report approval before the RFP opening date.

First Award: First Award grants are designed to assist early career researchers in establishing a successful research program. The applicant must have completed a PhD and have a permanent position in a university, accredited zoo or conservation organization, or non-academic equivalent. Individuals currently in a residency program are not eligible. Postdoctoral researchers should be completing their program and proposing research intended to be conducted in a permanent position. Applicants must not have received previous funding of more than $25,000 for any single extramural award as a Principal Investigator. Please state this in your candidate letter of intent. Previous funding as a Co-Investigator is acceptable. This application requires supporting statements from one or more appropriately experienced mentors.

Pilot Study: Pilot Study Awards provide funding for proof-of-concept studies in animal health research.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: December 9, 2022 at 4:59 p.m. ET

Both the Principal Investigator and the individual submitting the application (if different from the Principal Investigator) must create an account in the online portal before applying for funding. Your account must be reviewed and validated by Morris Animal Foundation, which may take up to two business days, so please plan to create an account several days prior to the proposal deadline.


Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Established Investigator Award: The total budget cannot exceed $100,000 USD.

First Award: The total budget cannot exceed $125,000 USD.

Pilot Award: The total budget cannot exceed $15,000 USD.

Term of Contract:

The maximum duration of an Established Investigator Award is 36 months.

The maximum duration of a First Award is 24 months.

The maximum duration of a Pilot Award is 12 months.

Contact Information:

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Morris Animal Foundation
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Denver, CO 80246

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