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Grant Awards

Funding to advance veterinary knowledge

Over the years, Winn Feline Foundation has helped to advance veterinary expertise in all areas of feline health. Research topics considered for funding are quite broad and can cover any issue that potentially benefits feline health and well-being such as disease identification, treatment and diagnostics, nutrition and behavior, to name a few. In addition, project selection is based on strict criteria, including scientific merit, clinical relevance, budgetary soundness and humane treatment.

There are two primary rounds of funds awarded each year: the Winn Grant Awards and the Miller Trust Awards. Through the generous support of Zoetis in 2014, Winn had a third specifically focused round of funding — the first in its history. Through a grant and collaboration with PetSmart Charities®, Winn held another special review on Feline Shelter Medicine at the 2018 Winn Grant Review in March.

pdfDownload the 2017-2018 Research Update. Read about all 23 grant awards since Summer 2017. 


pdfDownload the fall 2017 Winn-approved grant awards!



pdfDownload the 2018 Winn Grants Flyer


pdfView a list of Winn-funded FIP projects.
Winn Grant Awards

The grant review session is held in conjunction with Winn’s board meeting in February or March of each year for a traditional round of funding. Selection and funding for general health studies and special stipulated research funds are awarded at this review.

View the recent 2018 Shelter Medicine and Winn grant awards!

pdfDownload the press release of the 2018 Winn Awards


Want to help sponsor a project? Find out more

pdfDownload the press release of the 2018 Feline Shelter Medicine Awards
2018 Projects for Sponsorship
  • Understanding genetic differences in immunity to FIP (W18-010)
  • Examining the effectiveness of a low-cost treatment for oral cancer (W18-019)
  • Investigating a new pain pathway associated with arthritis (W18-028)
Miller Trust Awards

In 2002, the George Sydney and Phyllis Redman Miller Trust designated Winn Feline Foundation as one of its advisor organizations. Winn has subsequently been provided an unprecedented opportunity to make annual recommendations for grant awards to the San Francisco Foundation, trustees of the Miller Trust. The total grant funding varies each year.

Guidelines on when and how to apply are found here.

View a list of the most recent 2017 Miller Trust grant awards and 4 special grant awards.
pdfDownload the press release of the 2017 grants.

Four other special grants were funded between the Miller Trust and Winn grant awards.
           Download the press release for sponsored grants MTW17-009 and MTW17-014 along with two Bria Fund grants, MTW17-020 and MTW17-022.

The terms of the Miller Trust Award dictate that only principal investigators at certain institutions may apply for funding:

  • University of California, Davis
  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Illinois
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Texas A&M University
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College
2014 Winn/Zoetis Awards

Thanks to a generous donation by Zoetis, Inc., Winn was able to accept proposals for projects addressing pain assessment, osteoarthritis, joint health, and kidney disease in 2014.

Consideration was given to proposals that focused on the investigation of novel biomarkers for assessing acute or chronic adaptive pain and maladaptive (i.e.,neuropathic or functional) pain in cats.