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Grant Process

Supporting the future of feline health

Since its inception, Winn Feline Foundation has awarded over $6.4 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: www.avma.org/FindVetStudies


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

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Winn Humane Use of Animals Guidelines - 2015 revised




Recent Grant Awards

Grant Awards (13 total) Announced: Winn Grant Awards 

Shelter Medicine Grants (3) sponsored through a grant from PetSmart Charities®

Protecting foster kittens from infectious diarrhea.
(W18-002)  Principal Investigator; Jody Gookin DVM, PhD, DACVIM; North Carolina State University; $25,000.

Understanding immunity to protect cats from distemper (panleukopenia. (W18-006)
Principal Investigators: Prof. Vanessa Barrs and Prof. Julia Beatty; University of Sydney, Australia; $24,500

Evaluating feline coronavirus as a cause of upper respiratory disease in shelters. (W18-007)
Principal Investigators: Gary Whittaker, PhD and Elizabeth Berliner, DVM; Cornell University; $24,307

Winn Grants (10)


Understanding genetic differences in immunity to feline infectious peritonitis. (W18-010)
Principal Investigator:  Emi Barker, BVSc, PhD,ECVIM and Christopher Helps, BVSc, PhD; Langford Vets, University of Bristol, UK; $6,400
Bria Fund Study; New Feline Investigator Award

Predicting susceptibility to FeLV infection in cats. (W18-013)
Principal Investigator: Elliott Chiu, candidate DVM, PhD; Colorado State University; $15,000
Sponsored by Wisdom Health™ as New Feline Investigator Award - Genomics

Using new approaches to modulate feline leukemia virus infection. (W18-014)
Principal Investigators: Cheryl Swenson, DVM, PhD and Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, PhD; 
Michigan State University; $24,974

Examining the effectiveness of a low cost treatment for oral cancer in cats. (W18-019
Principal Investigator: Michael Nolan, DVM, PhD; North Carolina State University; $23,060.

Evaluating a new drug therapy for lung cancer in cats. (W18-021)
Principal Investigators: Alycen Lundberg, DVM and Timothy Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVM; University of Illinois; $24,998
Lung Cancer Fund

Investigating a new pain pathway associated with osteoarthritis in cats. (W18-028)
Principal Investigators: Santosh Mishra, PhD and Duncan Lascelles, BVSc, PhD, DACVS; North Carolina State University $23,560

Identifying a new biomarker for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats.
(W18-031)
Principal Investigators: Jonathan Stack, DVM and Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM; University of Illinois; $21,900.
Ricky Fund Study

Determining feeding behavior in cats to manage weight and obesity. (W18-039)
Principal Investigators: Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD, ECVCN and Anna-Kate Shoveller, PhD; Ontario Veterinary College, Canada; $24,002

Feline amyloidosis in Siamese/Oriental and Abyssinian/Somali cats. (W18-040)
Principal Investigators: Maria Longeri, and Leslie Lyons, PhD; University of Milan, Italy and University of Missouri-Columbia$23,870
Amyloidosis Fund for Siamese and Related Breeds; Abyssinian Health Fund


Measuring total cat count in communities. (W18-046)
Principal Investigator: Tyler Flockhart, PhD; University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Sciences; $25,000



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;
$34,863

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.
$28,008

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 Miller Trust Grant Review
** Winn will consider grant proposals related to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) for Bria Fund awards in addition to grant awards from the Miller Trust review.

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View the 2018 Miller Trust Call for Proposals  (Instructions on applying for a grant)


pdf2018 Miller Trust Cover Sheet Download  (Apply for a New Feline Investigator Grant Award)


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2018 Miller Trust Cover Sheet Download  (Apply for a New Feline Investigator Grant Award)



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.

The 2018 Feline Shelter Medicine grants have been selected. Please view the news release.







Criteria

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

Join Winn Feline Foundation Researchers mailing list

Questions about Winn grants and applications? Please email grants@winnfelinefoundation.org.


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. The award has also been named in memory of Fred Jacobberger, Winn's long-time board member and attorney.

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 2018 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.

The first recipient selected in fall of 2017 is Elena Contreras, DVM, MS from Colorado State University.


New Feline Investigator Grant Award in Feline Genetics

Winn Feline Foundation has established a New Feline Investigator Grant Award in Feline Genetis that will begin with the 2018 Winn Grant Review. The award is sponsored by Wisdom Health®.

The 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 2018 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.

 
 

 

Calendar

2018 Miller Trust Grants 

Call for Grants: Opened on April 12, 2018
Deadline to return proposals: August 6, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.
Review: November 2,2018
The grant proposal status will be released by late November. Awards will be announced by December 2018.
The next call for grant proposals will go out in April, 2019.


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.