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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.

pdfDownload the 2015-2016 Research Update. Read about all 15 grant awards since Summer 2015.

View 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 2017 Winn grant awards

pdfDownload the press release of the 2017 Winn Awards


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2017 Projects for Sponsorship
  • Preventing gammaherpesvirus1 and lymphoma in cats (W17-011)
  • Plasma analysis to identify biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of FIP (W17-021)
  • Shelter cat adoption in families of children with autism (W17-031)
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.

View a list of the most recent 2016 Miller Trust grant awards and MTW16-018 grant award.
pdfDownload the press release of the 2016 grants.

One other grant was funded between the Miller Trust and Winn grant awards.
           Download the press release for MTW16-018 grant award on evaluating gastrointestinal disease in cats (Speckles Abdominal Cancer Campaign).

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.