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for Research Studies to Advance Animal Health

Mark L. Morris Jr. Investigator Award

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Morris Animal Foundation (MAF)

Deadline Date:

06/27/22 4:59 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers for research studies addressing animal health. Funding is intended to support projects related to the health and well-being of senior canines. Areas of interest include mobility, frailty, nutrition, and end-of-life care.

The topic selected for the 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) is senior dog health. An overview of the research themes emerged from a roundtable discussion of this topic by a panel of experts. These suggestions for possible research questions accurately reflect the Foundation's interests, and it is anticipated that successful projects will take these, or very closely related approaches. Projects involving more than one of the discussed areas are also welcome.

Proposals should demonstrate the unique and strategic nature of the proposed research and address how the project advances the field of senior dog health. Collaborative projects with the potential to rapidly translate findings to primary care practice are preferred.

Ages at which dogs are considered “senior” and their expected lifespans are breed/size-dependent — for example epigenetic (methylome) analysis indicated that Labrador retrievers are senior over 7 years of age, with an expected lifespan of 12 years. Senior dogs are plagued by a litany of poorly studied but significant diseases and conditions that, for whatever reason, have been largely neglected in terms of research. 

Areas of Interest:

  • Nutrition Including Weight Management
  • Cognitive Decline and Other Neurological Conditions
  • Mobility
  • Frailty
  • Inflammaging and Immunosenescence
  • Owner and Veterinarian Awareness of Specific Needs
  • End-of-Life Care

For additional information on these areas of interest, see:

COVID-19 Considerations: Research plans must include mitigation strategies for operational risks posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Alternative strategies for travel restrictions, pandemic related mandates, supply shortages, etc., should be included in the proposal.

Environmental Policy: Consideration should be given to reducing detrimental effects of research projects on the environment. Travel requests should be limited and well justified with respect to the project objectives. Means of transportation with the lowest possible carbon emissions are encouraged.

For information on cost limitations, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189638

Estimated Size of Grant:

Budget cannot exceed $250,000 USD.

Term of Contract:

The maximum project duration is 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Competitive applicants will have a record of research expertise demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications. A maximum of one application as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator in response to this RFP is permitted.

Parachute Science: Projects that include international collaborations should address international scientific engagement and benefits and include a named Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in the country where the research will occur. The Foundation endeavors to achieve its objectives through ethical pathways and with the clear intention of inclusivity, diversity, and the elimination of the practice of parachute/colonial science.

Off-topic proposals will not be accepted in this RFP.

For this RFP, the Foundation will not fund projects that include euthanasia of animals for research purposes, nor source data and/or samples from such projects.

Resubmissions of prior proposals to the Foundation are not permitted without explicit permission. If an Investigator submits an uninvited resubmission, they may be penalized from re-applying for up to two years.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: June 27, 2022 at 4:59 p.m. ET

Applicants will be notified as to the status of their proposal approximately three months after the proposal submission deadline.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Morris Animal Foundation
720 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 174A
Denver, CO 80246

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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