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Grant Process

Supporting the future of feline health

Since its inception, Winn Feline Foundation has awarded over $6 million in grants for scientific studies, encouraging veterinarians and researchers to focus attention on the health needs of cats.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed the Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD), encompassing prospective veterinary clinical studies in a variety of species and disciplines. The database:

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 12, 2017: Winn Grant Awards 

Generating and using adult stem cells to treat feline diabetes.
(W17-004)  Principal Investigators; Mandi Lopez DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS; Louisiana State University; $23,825.

Growing heart muscle cells in a dish in the lab to test HCM treatments. (W17-008 )
Principal Investigators: David Connolly; The Royal Veterinary College; Debbie Guest; The Animal Health Trust; Cesare Terracciano, Imperial College London; $17,158
Ricky Fund Study (Sponsored by Holly Aglialoro in memory of Augustus)

A viral gene expression analysis towards preventing feline lymphoma. (W17-011)
Principal Investigators: Julia Beatty, PhD, Mahdis Aghazadeh, PhD, Vanessa Barrs, PhD; University of Sydney; $23,073
Speckles Abdominal Cancer Study (Sponsored by Kitty Kollar™ in memory of Quasimodo)

Evaluating new treatments for feline hepatic lipidosis. (W17-015)
Principal Investigators:  Hedwig Kruitwagen, DVM, Bart Spee, PhD; Utrecht University, The Netherlands;

Evaluating the prolonged use of an antacid, famotidine, in cats. (W17-017)
Principal Investigators: M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Adesola Odunayo, DVM, MS, DACVECC; The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; $19,668

Evaluating the effect of probiotic therapy on feline Tritrichomonas foetus infection. (W17-018)
Principal Investigators: M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Rachel Dickson, DVM candidate; 
The University of Tennessee; Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, North Carolina State; $17,864

Analysis of plasma to identify biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of FIP. (W17-021)
Principal Investigators: Gregg Dean, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Kelly Santangelo, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Colorado State University; $25,000
Bria Fund Study

Mechanisms by which feline mesenchymal stem cells regulate T-cell activation and proliferation. (W17-026)
Principal Investigator: Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD, DACVP; University of California-Davis; $13,000.

Cryopreservation of feline red blood cells for transfusions using different solutions.
Principal Investigators: Marcelle Hon, MS, DVM, Elizabeth Thomovsky, DVM, MS, DACVECC; Purdue University; $11,666

Shelter cat adoption in families of children with autism. (W17-031)
Principal Investigators: Gretchen Carlisle, PhD, Rebecca Johnson, PhD; University of Missouri; $24,996

Foraging behavior under threat and enrichment in confined cats.
Principal Investigators: Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, Tony Buffington, DVM, PhD, DACVN; University of California-Davis; $24,780.

Grant Awards (5) Announced on November 20, 2017: Miller Trust Awards

Investigating appropriate dosing for gabapentin sedation in cats with and without chronic kidney disease; (MT17-002)
Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, The Ohio State University; Karen Van Haaften, DVM, University of California- Davis; $32,349

Using biomarkers of aerodigestive disorders involving reflux for diagnosis of reflux in cats; (MT17-006
Megan Grobman, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Carol Reinero, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; University of Missouri; $21,164

Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for cats with inflammatory bowel disease; (MT17-007)
Principal Investigators:  Craig Webb, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Tracy Webb, DVM, PhD;
Colorado State University;

Early intervention of mesenchymal stem cell therapy for cats with chronic gingivostomatitis; (MT17-008)
Principal Investigator: Boaz Arzi, DVM, PhD, DADC, Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD, DACVP,
Frank Verstraete, Professor; University of California-Davis.

Using novel, non-invasive measures of chronic stress in cats to determine levels of stress hormone in the hair and nails of cats; (MT17-017)
Principal Investigators: Elena Contreras, DVM, MS, Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM;
Colorado State University; $11,484; (New Feline Investigator Grant Award, in memory of Fred Jacobberger)

Special Grant Awards (4) Announced on November 27, 2017

Mapping heart fibrosis in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); (MTW17-009)
Principal Investigators: Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM, Jonathan Stack, DVM; University of Illinois; $33,850 (Anonymous Sponsor)

Development of cat genetic resources for standardized genetic testing; (MTW17-014
Principal Investigator: Leslie Lyons, PhD; University of Missouri-Columbia; $11,740; (Sponsored by Wisdom Health)

Developing a safe and effective combined anticoronaviral therapy (CACT) for cats with FIP; (MTW17-020
Principal Investigators: Brian Murphy, DVM, DACVP, Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD; University of California-Davis; $20,500; Bria Fund

Generating an attenuated feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) vaccine by creating a protective immune response; (MTW17-022)
Principal Investigator: Gary Whittaker, PhD; Cornell University, Susan Baker, PhD; Loyola University-Chicago; $35,000; Bria Fund

Application Forms

Application Guidelines

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.

2018 Winn Grant Review including New Feline Investigator Grant Awards


View the 2018 Winn Grant Call for Proposals  (Instructions on applying for a grant)

pdf2018 Winn Grant Cover Sheet Download  (Apply for one of two New Feline Investigator Grant Awards)

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2018 Winn Grant Cover Sheet Download  (Apply for one of two New Feline Investigator Grant Awards)

2018 Special Review Pertaining to Feline Shelter Medicine (in collaboration with PetSmart Charities®) PetSmart Charities Grantee Web Badge

Specific Subject Area: Research with a special emphasis on diseases or conditions affecting shelter and free-roaming cats.

View the 2018 Feline Shelter Medicine Grant Guidelines

2018 Feline Shelter Medicine Cover Sheet Download

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2018 Feline Shelter Medicine Cover Sheet Download


Applicant Qualifications

Applicants for Winn funding may be faculty veterinarians, post-doctoral fellows, practicing veterinarians or veterinary students (see below for a new grant opportunity for 2017 and later). 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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Questions about Winn grants and applications? Please email

New Feline Investigator Grant Award 

Winn Feline Foundation has established a New Feline Investigator Grant Award that will begin with the 2017 Winn Grant Review.

One grant will be awarded in the amount of $15,000 with $13,000 available for research and $2,000 available for travel expenses to present the study results at a major veterinary conference.

Eligibility: Candidates for the award must be in a DVM/PhD program pathway at a college or school of veterinary medicine which currently applies for grants from Winn along with having an interest and working in feline health research. The candidate must be the primary principal investigator on the project and should select the application box for the New Feline Investigator Award on the 2017 Winn Grant cover sheet.

The guidelines related to types of health studies, format and progress reports/publications would apply to this award in the same manner as other Winn grant awards. Winn will also require the acceptance of a written agreement to release funding for this award.




2017 Miller Trust Grants 

Call for Grants: Currently closed
Review: October 13, 2017
The grant proposal status will be released by late October or early November. Awards will be announced by December 2017.
The next call for grant proposals will go out in April, 2018.

2017 Feline Infectious Peritonitis (Bria Fund) Grants - Special Funding Opportunity
Call for Grants: Currently closed
Review: October 13, 2017
The grant proposal status will be released by late October or early November. Awards will be announced by December 2017.
Proposals for FIP research will also be accepted for the 2018 Winn Grant Review Cycle.

2018 Winn Feline Foundation Grants

Call for Grants: Call for Proposals released August 28, 2017
Deadline for proposals: Currently closed.  
Review: March 16, 2018
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2018. Awards will be announced by June 2018.


2018 Winn Feline Foundation/PetSmart Charities Special Review for Feline Shelter Medicine

Call for Grants: Call for Proposals released September 26, 2017
Deadline for proposals: Currently closed.  
Review: March 16, 2018
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2018. Awards will be announced by June 2018.