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Grant Process

Supporting the future of feline health

Since its inception, Winn Feline Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants for scientific studies, encouraging veterinarians and researchers to focus attention on the health needs of cats.

Winn policy on humane use of animals in grant studies

Founded and funded by cat lovers, Winn Feline Foundation only supports research for which humane treatment of animals is assured.  Any grant request including the use of animals must first be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the researcher’s institution. Next, Winn’s expert panel of researchers, veterinarians and cat fanciers and advocates complete an extensive review of the justification for the use of animals in the research. Winn periodically reviews our humane guidelines to assure we continue to meet or exceed current standards.

When it is determined live animals must be used by an investigator, only the fewest animals required will be approved, and only if the living conditions are sufficiently described and accepted as well within the definition of humane care. Any discomfort experienced by the animals must be treated.  

Winn does not fund projects requiring euthanasia as an endpoint or the induction of disease or injury unless the nature of the disease or condition studied offers such significant improvement in feline health and such means are justified. Winn does not fund studies where the induction of disease is terminal.

At the conclusion of an accepted project, every effort must be made to adopt the cats used into loving homes.

Use of animals in scientific research is a topic taken very seriously by Winn Feline Foundation.

Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors

Download Winn's 2015 Humane Use of Animals Guidelines


Winn Humane Use of Animals Guidelines - 2015 revised

Recent Grant Awards

Grant Awards (11) Announced on April 28,2015: Winn Grant Awards 

Comparing a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test with fungal culture for ringworm; (W15-001 )
Principal Investigator: Linda Jacobson, BVScMMedVet, PhD, Lauren McIntyre, RVT, BScH; Toronto Humane Society; $15,375

Diagnosis and treatment of feline Tritrichomonas foetus through target surface antigens; (W15-011 )  Principal Investigator: M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM PhD, DACVIM, Emily N. Gould DVM; The University of Tennessee; $16,000

Transdermal mirtazapine as an appetite stimulant in cats with chronic kidney disease; 
(W15-018 )  Jessica Quimby DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Colorado State University; $10,000

Feline liver organoids for the study of liver disease; (W15-037);  Principal Investigators: Bart Spee, PhD, Hedwig Kruitwagen, DVM; Utrecht University; $25,000

Effect of Prazocin on recurrence of feline urethral obstruction; (W15-042); Principal Investigators: Kayla Hanson, DVM, Andrew Linklater DVM, DACVECC; Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists; $9,000

Evaluating new drug compounds for treating feline coronavirus; (W15-010
Principal Investigators: Brian Murphy, DVM, PhD, ACVP; Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD; University of California, Davis; $14,970

A feline tumor necrosis factor inhibitor for feline infectious peritonitis;
 (W15-013)  Principal Investigator: Yunjeong Kim, DVM, PhD, ACVIM; Kansas State University; $23,758

Systemic feline coronavirus and its relationship to FIP; (W15-026
)  Principal Investigator: Gary R. Whittaker, PhD; Cornell University; $24,967

Using small interfering RNA for treatment of feline infectious peritonitis; (W15-030
)  Principal Investigators: Emin Anis, PhD; Rebecca Wilkes, DVM, PhD; The University of Tennessee; $16,500

Improving the Feline Reference Genome with PacBio sequencing, a continuation study; (W15-008)  
Principal Investigator: William J. Murphy, PhD; Texas A&M University; $24,910

Phenotypic characteristic of cardiomyopathy in Birman cats; (W15-044)  Principal Investigator: Virginia Luis Fuentes, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM, DECVIM; Royal Veterinary College, University of London; $10,169

Grant Awards (4) Announced on November 23, 2015: Miller Trust Awards

Targeting additional surface antigens for treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus in cats (MT15-005) Principal Investigator: M. Katherine Tolbert DVM, PhD, DACVIM; University of Tennessee-Knoxville; $21,775

Evaluating a safer combination of pre-anesthetic sedation and general anesthesia in cats
(MT15-006) Principal Investigator: Bruno Pypendop, DVM, DACVA; University of California-Davis; $27,378

Differentiating feline alimentary lymphoma and inflammatory bowel disease with a blood test   (MT15-012) Principal Investigator: Kurt Zimmerman, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; $34,990

A multicentric study using mesenchymal stem cell therapy for chronic gingivostomatitis
(MT15-016) Principal Investigator: Boaz Arzi, DVM, AVDC, Dori Borgesson, DVM, PhD, ACVP; University of California-Davis; $33,994

Grant Awards (1) Announced on November 9, 2015: Amyloidosis in Siamese/Oriental Breeds of Cats

Determining genetic answers for amyloidosis of Siamese and related breeds
  Principal Investigator: Leslie Lyons, PhD, Barbara Gandolfi, PhD; University of Missouri; $15,500

Application Forms


Requests for proposals (RFPs) are categorized by the particular grant review process (i.e., Winn Feline Foundation review, Miller Trust review, or a specifically focused grant review). Grant applications should be submitted in response to a specific RFP and must include a completed cover sheet.

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View the Updated 2016 Winn Grant Call for Proposals  (Instructions on applying for a grant)

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2016 Winn Grant Cover Sheet Download

Applicants for Winn funding may be faculty veterinarians, post-doctoral fellows, practicing veterinarians or veterinary students. Collaborative teams involving investigators from a variety of disciplines and/or institutions — including human health researchers — are encouraged to apply.

Though studies applicable to all cats are preferred, Winn Feline Foundation is also interested in projects that address issues in specific cat breeds (e.g. Norwegian Forest Cats, Birmans, Persians). Further, we have dedicated funds for feline infectious peritonitis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and lung cancer research in cats. In June, 2015, a new fund dedicated for research on amyloidosis in Siamese-related breeds was established.

Projects are selected by our expert panel of researchers and veterinarians and are based on strict criteria, including: scientific merit, value to feline health, clinical relevance, budgetary soundness, and humane treatment.

pdfView Winn Humane Use of Animals Guidelines

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2016 Miller Trust Grants 

Call for Grants anticipated for April 2016  (Applications Now Closed)
Deadline: August 2016  
Review: October 2016
The grant proposal status will be released by late October. Awards will be announced by December 2016.

2016 Winn Feline Foundation Grants

Call for Grants anticipated for August 10, 2015  
Deadline: December 14, 2015  (Applications Now Closed)
Review: March 11, 2016
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2016. Awards will be announced by June 2016.