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Grant Process

Supporting the future of feline health

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

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

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

Winn Grant Review Proposal Checklist 2020

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 NCE Amendment Form

Successful Grant Proposal Examples

Winn Feline Foundation is providing the following examples of grant proposals that were successfully approved for funding. These examples are an aid to other researchers on how to write and develop their own proposals to submit to Winn. Any further questions regarding Winn's grant process can be sent to grants@winnfelinefoundation.

Grant Proposal Example  #1

Grant Proposal Example  #2

Grant Proposal Example #3

Grant Proposal Example #4


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.

2021-Winn Grant Review Proposal Announcement final

2021 Winn Grant Review Cover Sheet PDF

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2021 Winn Grant Review Cover Sheet Doc


2020 CaP-K (Feline Kidney Health and the Impact of Dietary Phosphorus and Calcium) Guidelines

pdf   2020 Miller Trust Grant Guidelines

pdf   2020 CaP-K Grant Review Cover Sheet

pdf   2020 Miller Trust Grant Review Cover Sheet