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Grant Process

Supporting the future of feline health

Since its inception, Winn Feline Foundation has awarded over $5.6 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 (10) Announced on April 26,2016: Winn Grant Awards 

cfDNA and liquid biopsy – a novel diagnostic approach for melanocytic tumors.
(W16-011) Principal Investigators: Barbara Nell, DECVO, Jessica Rushton DVM; Clinic of Small Animal Surgery, Dentistry and Ophthalmology, Vetmeduni Vienna; $5188.

Evaluating new drug compounds for treating feline coronavirus, a continuation study. (W16-022)
Principal Investigators: Brian Murphy, DVM, PhD, ACVP; Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD; University of California, Davis; $12,175

Mefloquine’s potential to inhibit FIPV infection in the cat. (W16-023)
Principal Investigators: Merran Govendir,BVSc, PhD, Jacqueline Norris, BVSc, PhD; The University of Sydney, Australia; $11,750

Exploring humoral responses to non-structural proteins of feline coronaviruses. (W16-024)
Principal Investigator: Magdalena Dunowska, BVsc, PhD; Massey University, New Zealand; $25,000

Seeking genetic markers of Abyssinian/Somali hereditary amyloidosis. (W16-028)
Principal Investigators: Maria Longheri, DVM, PhD, University of Milan; Leslie A. Lyons, PhD, University of Missouri; $6,900

Precision Medicine for Felines. (W16-030)
Principal Investigators: Leslie A. Lyons, Barbara Gandolfi; University of Missouri; $4900

Evaluation of DNA variants associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the Persian cat. (W16-034)
Principal Investigator: Kathryn Meurs; North Carolina State University; $23,531.

Holter monitoring in the home environment for cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Principal Investigator: Katherine Scollan, DVM, DACVIM, Oregon State University; $16,330

Phenotypic characterization of cardiomyopathy in Birman cats – a phase two continuation study. (W16-040)
Principal Investigator: Virginia Luis Fuentes, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM, DECVIM; Royal Veterinary College, University of London; $10,812

Efficacy of a new treatment for cats with ronidazole-resistant Tritrichomonas foetus infection.
Principal Investigators: Jody Gookin, DVM,PhD, DACVIM, Mark Papich, DVM, MS, ACVCP; North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine; $24,585.

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.


View the 2017 Winn Grant Call for Proposals  (Instructions on applying for a grant)

pdf2017 Winn Grant Cover Sheet Download (Apply for New Feline Investigator Grant Award)

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2017 Winn Grant Cover Sheet Download (Apply for New Feline Investigator Grant Award)


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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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.




2016 Miller Trust Grants 

Call for Grants: Closed for 2016
Review: October 7, 2016
The grant proposal status will be released by late October. Awards will be announced by December 2016.

2017 Winn Feline Foundation Grants

Call for Grants: August 16, 2016  
Deadline: December 12, 2016  
Review: March 10, 2017
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2017. Awards will be announced by June 2017.