Morris Animal Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘First Award’ on topics relevant to advance the science of canine, feline, equine, llama, alpaca, or wildlife health.

Funding brief: The Foundation is now accepting proposals for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics health and welfare. Note, the wildlife/exotics call for proposals does not include wild horses. Please apply for projects involving wild horses during the call for large animal proposals.

The mission of Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. To achieve this aim, they fund hypothesis-driven, humane animal health research projects with high scientific merit and the potential for significant impact on animal health. First Award grants are designed to assist new faculty in establishing a successful research program.

Proposals should be designed to convince the reviewers that the proposed project will advance the science of animal health; the investigator clearly understands the health problem and has the expertise to conduct the study; and the approach is scientifically sound.

Criteria:
Mission Adherence: Projects must advance the science of canine, feline, equine, llama, alpaca, or wildlife health. Projects oriented toward human health and agricultural animal health do not fall within Morris Animal Foundation’s mission and will not be accepted.
Health Study Policy: Projects must adhere to MAF’s Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research.

Donor Name: Morris Animal Foundation
Funding name: First Award

Deadline: Proposals are due Wednesday, November, 13th, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The budget cannot exceed $54,000 per year ($50,000 per year, plus 8 percent for indirect costs if charged by your institution).

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: The maximum study duration is two years

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Qualifications of applicant
Must have a DVM and/or PhD.
Must have a full-time, permanent position in a university, accredited zoo or conservation organization.
Individuals currently in a residency program are not eligible for this award.
Postdoctoral researchers should be completing their program and proposing research intended to be conducted in a permanent full-time position.
Must not have received previous funding as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $20,000 for any single extramural award.
Previous funding as a co-investigator is acceptable.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view and Click to view
Proposal Form (Form- Sample Grant Proposal): Click to view
Proposal Form (Budget): Click to view
About: Click to view
Sample Size Calculation: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

Proposal Format:
A. Single-spaced or greater, using no smaller than an 11-point font (Times New Roman or Arial font preferred) with a minimum of ¾ inch margins.
B. The full proposal must be converted to a single PDF document that includes all letters and attachments and does not exceed 5MB.
C. The order of the written proposal should follow the outline described in the guideline, including use of the outline numbering and headings.
D. Technical terminology should be defined on first usage; acronyms and abbreviations may be used subsequently

Attachments:
Letters
Candidate Letter of Intent (two-page limit): This letter should:
Describe how this award will further your career goals and assist in your progress toward becoming an established investigator.
Confirm, in bold text, within this letter that you have not received previous funding as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $20,000 for any single extramural award.

Mentor Letter (two-page limit per mentor): A letter is required from each mentor and should:
Describe the mentoring environment, including laboratory space and facilities for the first award applicant.
Detail a mentoring plan.
Assure a strong relationship with the first award applicant, providing consistent availability and diverse opportunities to discuss research.
Include the mentor’s history of mentoring new researchers.

Letter of Support from Department Head (or equivalent) (one-page limit): This letter should:
Demonstrate the department’s approval of the research plan.
Confirm that the applicant is a full-time permanent employee.
Confirm that the applicant will be allowed adequate time to conduct proposed research.

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