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Grant Process

Supporting the future of feline health

Since its inception, Winn Feline Foundation has awarded over $6.7 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

2019 WINN GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCED (16 total):

Shelter Medicine Grants (4) sponsored through a grant from PetSmart Charities®

Optimization of the Diagnosis of Feline Parvovirus (panleukopenia) Infection in a Shelter Environment
(W19-003)
  Principal Investigator: Dr. Linda Jacobson, Toronto Humane Society; $21,500.

Refining a Method to Measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in Freely Moving Cats to Assess Welfare (W19-012) Principal Investigator: Dr. Lynne A.Hart, University of California, Davis; $11,306

Effects of a Surrogate Mother on Misdirected Oral Behaviors in Orphaned Neonatal Kittens (W19-035) Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen Vernau, University of California, Davis; $25,000

Screening Shelter Cats for FELV: Balancing Disease Control and Lifesaving
(W19-041)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Alexis Bardzinski and Dr. Julie Levy, Austin Pets Alive! And University of Florida; $24,984


New Feline Investigators Award

Gene Editing Strategies for Treatment of Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
(W19-005)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Elliott Chiu, Colorado State University; $15,000 (Maine Coon Fund and Ricky Fund)

New Feline Investigators Award - Genomics

Annotation of Regulatory REgions in Feline Non-Coding DNA via Tissue Specific ChIP-Seq
(W19-010)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Alexandra N. Myers and Dr. William Murphy, Texas A & M AgriLife Research; $15,000 (Sponsored by Wisdom Health in honor of Fred Jacobberger)

Winn Grants (10)

​Diagnostic and Molecular Identification of Trypanosoma cruzi Infection in Cats from Animal Shelters in Southern Louisiana
(W19-002)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Dumonteil, Tulane University; $24,937

Targeted Intra-Arterial Adminstration of Tissue Plasminogen Activator as a Treatment for Feline Distal Aortic Thromboembolism
(W19-014)
Principal Investigators:  Dr. Sigal Klainbart and Dr. Joshua Milgram, The Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine; $24,950 (Ricky Fund)

Identification of Diagnosis Biomarkers of Feline Infectious Peritonitis
(W19-024
Principal Investigators:  Dr. Gregg Dean and Dr. Kelly Santangelo, Colorado State University; $25,000 (Bria Fund)

Generating an Attenuated Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Vaccine by Inactivating EndoU
(W19-025
Principal Investigators:  Dr. Gary R. Whittacker and Dr. Susan G. Baker, Cornell University and Loyola University Chicago; $25,000 (Bria Fund)

Developing a Safe and Effective Anticoronaviral Therapy for Cats with FIP (continuation)
(W19-026)
Principal Investigators:  Dr. Brian Murphy and Dr. Niels C. Pedersen, University of California, Davis; $23,779 (Bria Fund)

Determining the Pharmacokinetic Profile of Mefloquine in Clinically Normal Cats as a Preliminary In-Vivo Study Towards a Potential Treatment for Feline Infectious Peritonitis
(W19-027)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Merran Govendir and Dr. Jaqueline Norris, University of Sydney; $24,624 (Bria Fund)

Accuracy and Precision of Compounded Famciclovir for Treatment of Cats Affected with Feline Herpesvirus Type 1
(W19-030)
Principal Investigator:  Dr. Louise O'Leary, Iowa State University; $8,587

The Pharmokinetics of Single Oral Dose Extended-Release Topiramate and Adverse Effects After Multi-Dose Administration in Healthy Cats
(W19-037)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Kari Foss and Dr. Jennifer M. Reinhart, University of Illinois; $18,800

Evaluation of Feline Urine Concentration of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate
(W19-038)
Principal Investigators:  Dr. Kate Kukanich and Dr. Butch Kukanich, Kansas State University; $7,275 (Feline Kidney Disease in honor of Dr. Vicki Thayer)

Assessment of Transdermal Penetration of Gabapentin in Cats
(W19-039) Principal Investigator:  Dr. Jennifer Slovak, Animal Medical Center; $11,937


Miller Trust Grant Awards (6) Announced on December 18th, 2018

Metagenomic and Metabolomic Analysis of the Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Antibiotic Therapy on the Intestinal Microbiota in Growing Kittens and Their Relation to the Overall Health Status of These Kittens
(MT18-003)
Principal Investigators: Dr. Jan Suchodolski, Texas A & M University and Dr. Panagiotis Xenoulis, University of Thessaly, Greece; $34,800

Evaluating the Efficiency of Novel Gastroprotectants in Cats
(MT18-004) Principal Investigators:  Dr. M. Katherine Tolbert, University of Tennessee and Dr. Adesola Odunayo; $18,080

Estimating the Significance of a Novel Feline Hepadnavirus in Hepatitis and Liver Cancer
(MT18-005)
Principal Investigator:  Dr. Patricia Pesavento, University of California - Davis; $34,880

Precision Medicine Genomics for Cats
(MT18-009)
Principal Investigator:  Leslie Lyons, University of Missouri - Columbia; $12,648
(MTW18-009); $21,651

The Effects of Brachycephalic Conformation on Cardiopulmonary Health in Cats
(MT18-010)
Principal Investigators:  Dr. Heidi Phillips and Dr. Hadley Gleason, University of Illinois; $31,696

Evaluation of Commercial Feline Diets for Calcium, Phosphorous, and the Calcium and Phosphorous Ratio
(MTW18-001)
Principal Investigator:  Dr. Jonathon Stockman, Colorado State University; $9,103
Application Forms

Assistance in Applying for a Grant

Winn Feline Foundation provides the following Grant Guidance Information Checklist and collection of templates to assist in submission of grant proposals and grant reporting by awardees. Winn advises that you download these documents prior to planning and writing your grant proposal.

Winn also has available 10 articles related to study design, statistics and project development from major veterinary publications that can be sent upon request to grants@winnfelinefoundation.org.

Winn Grant Review Proposal Checklist  (MS Word doc)   Proposal Checklist (pdf)

Winn Grant Proposal Budget Template #1

Winn Grant Proposal Budget Template #2

Winn Grant Proposal Timeline Template #1

Winn Grant Proposal Timeline Template #2

Winn Grant Proposal Abbreviations-Definitions Template

Winn_Progress_Report_Form

Winn NCE Amendment Form


**CURRENT 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.

2019 Winn Feline Foundation Grant Review

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2020 WFF Grant Proposal Announcement  (Instructions on applying for a grant)

pdf2020 Winn Grant Review Cover Sheet  
(Apply for one of two New Feline Investigator Grant Awards, one in feline genetics)

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2020 Winn Grant Review Cover Sheet 
(Apply for one of two New Feline Investigator Grant Awards, one in feline genetics)

** Winn will review grant proposals related to feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) for Bria Fund awards in addition to grant awards from the Winn Grant and Shelter Medicine reviews.

pdf2020 Bria Fund Cal For Grants Announcement


pdf2020 Bria Fund Cover Sheet


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2020 Bria Fund Cover Sheet



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.

Please check under Application Forms for downloading our informational checklist and templates assisting researchers in grant writing and applying for a Winn grant.

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

2019 Miller Trust Grants 

Call for Grants: Opened on May, 2019
Deadline to return proposals: August 30, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. (Application are closed)
Review: November 2019
The grant proposal status will be released by late November. Awards will be announced by December 2019.
The next call for grant proposals will go out in April, 2020.


2020 Winn Feline Foundation Grants

Call for Grants: Call for Proposals released September 12th, 2019
Deadline for proposals: December 9, 2019.  
Review: March 2020
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2020. Awards will be announced by June 2020.

2020 Special Review for Bria Fund for FIP Research Grants

Call for Grants: Call for Proposals released September 12th, 2019
Deadline for proposals: December 9th, 2019.  
Review: March 2020
Grant proposal status will be released by mid-May 2020. Awards will be announced by June 2020