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Grant Process

Supporting the future of feline health

Since its inception, Winn Feline Foundation has awarded over $4.8 million in grants for scientific studies, encouraging veterinarians and researchers to focus attention on the health needs of cats.

Recent Grant Awards

Grant Awards (3) Announced on August 12, 2014: Biomarker Awards

Determining indicators of inflammation in painful cats with degenerative joint disease (DJD); (WZ14-005) Principal Investigator: Duncan Lascelles, BVSc PhD MRCVS DSAS(ST) DECVS DACVS; North Carolina State University; $22,815

Defining biomarkers involved in the development and progression of feline chronic kidney disease (CKD); (WZ14-009) Principal Investigators: Paola Scarpa, DVM, PhD; Saverio Paltinieri, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECVCP; Institution: Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health, Milan, Italy; $34,887

Identification of osteoarthritis related biomarkers in the cat (WZ14-011) Principal Investigators: Drs. Thierry Beths, Jennifer Carter, Sebastien Bauquier; University of Melbourne; $37,266

Grant Awards Announced in March 25, 2014 (9): Winn Grant Awards

Identifying a genetic variability in cats associated with resistance or susceptibility to feline calicivirus. (W14-014) Principal Investigator: John S. Parker; Baker Institute, Cornell University; $22,500

Evaluating the cardiovascular effects of a potential new drug, MK-476, in combination with dexmedetomidine for sedation or pre-anesthesia. (W14-015) Principal Investigator: Bruno Pypendop; University of California-Davis; $17,000

Characterizing how FIP virus binds and enters cells. (W14-018) Principal Investigator: Gary Whittaker; Cornell University; $24,851.00

Using induced stem cells in a dish as a means to understanding hypertrophic cardiomyopathy development. (W14-024) Principal Investigator: Jijun Hao; Western University of Health Sciences, CVM; $24,800.00

E.coli, a gastrointestinal infection – looking at a cause of death in kittens and determining whether probiotics offer a protective effect. (W14-035) Principal Investigator: Jody L. Gookin; North Carolina State University; $22,011.00

Developing new drugs for the treatment of feline Tritrichomonas foetus infection. (W14-036) Principal Investigator: Lars Eckmann, Yukiko Miyamoto; University of California-San Diego; $15,000.

Continued study into the use of stem cells for the treatment of chronic kidney disease in cats. (W14-039) Principal Investigator: Jessica M. Quimby, Colorado State University; Allyson Berent, Animal Medical Center, NYC; $24,777.00

Analysis for three receptors in oral squamous cell cancer tissue biopsies – hope for a future treatment. (W14-042) Principal Investigator: Rebecca George and Annette Smith; Auburn University; $5,505.00

Exploring the use of a fat-derived stem cell treatment for Syncytial Foamy Virus-Positive cats with severe inflammation of the mouth and gums. (W14-044) Principal Investigator: Boaz Arzi, Dori L. Borjesson, Frank J.M. Verstraete; University of California-Davis; $16,594.56



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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Winn Feline Foundation 2015 Call for Grants


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 research and lung cancer in cats.

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.

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2014 Winn/Zoetis Grant Review (Closed)
Deadline: April 21, 2014
Review: June 26, 2014
The grant proposal status will be released by late July. Awards will be announced by August.

2014 Miller Trust Grants (Closed)
Call for Grants was sent on April 29, 2014
Deadline: July 28, 2014
Review: October 8, 2014
The grant proposal status will be released by late October. Awards will be announced by December 2014.

2015 Winn Feline Foundation Grants
Call for Grants was sent on August 5, 2014
Deadline: December 14, 2014
Review: mid-March 2015 (date TBD)
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2015. Awards will be announced by June 2015.