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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.

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Download Winn's 2015 Humane Use of Animals Guidelines


Winn Humane Use of Animals Guidelines - 2015 revised

Recent Grant Awards

Grant Awards Announced on December 4, 2014

Assessment of an imaging chamber for handling cats in respiratory distress; (MT14-002 ) 
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Riedesel, DVM, DACVR; Iowa State University; $3133

Comparison of two treatment options for a tick borne blood parasite;  (MT14-005 ) 
Principal Investigator: Leah A. Cohn; University of Missouri; $23,023

Improving the quality of the feline reference genome;  (MT14-009 ) 
Principal Investigator: William J. Murphy; Texas A&M University; $25,000

Development of a genetic test for silver coat color;  (MT14-010 ) 
Principal Investigator: Barbara Gandolfi, PhD; University of Missouri; $10,000

Improving the effectiveness of chemotherapy on feline injection site sarcomas; 
(MT14-013 ) Principal Investigator: Kelly Hume; Cornell University; $12,969

Improving the safety of a drug used for sedation or pre-anesthesia, Phase Two; 
(MT14-017 ) Principal Investigator: Bruno Pypendop; University of California-Davis; $12,479

Changes in bacterial and fungal flora on the skin of cats with skin allergies from normal cats (MT14-018 ) 
Principal Investigator: Aline Rodrigues-Hoffmann; Texas A&M University; $24,788

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 (9) Announced on March 25, 2014: 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

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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pdfView Winn's 2015 Guidelines and Call for Submitting a Grant Proposal 


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.

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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2015 Miller Trust Grants 

Call for Grants anticipated for April 22, 2015
Deadline: August 3, 2015
Review: October 15, 2015
The grant proposal status will be released by late October. Awards will be announced by December 2015.

2016 Winn Feline Foundation Grants
Call for Grants anticipated for August 5, 2015
Deadline: December 14, 2014
Review: early-March 2015 (date TBD)
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2016. Awards will be announced by June 2016.