Sunday, June 13, 2010

Grants for Wildlife Researchers and Veterinarians to Respond Quickly to Disease & Natural Disasters

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in more information about this grant, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post.]

Deadline: Open

Morris Animal Foundation Announces Establishment of Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund

The Morris Animal Foundation was established by the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund in March 2010 to give wildlife researchers timely monetary aid to respond to unexpected events — such as natural disasters and emerging diseases — that result in the immediate need for animal health research. Grants from the fund will enable wildlife researchers and veterinarians worldwide to respond quickly to disease outbreaks and other events that result in wildlife health issues.

Grants will be awarded based on health research and conservation relevance in alignment with MAF's mission to advance animal health and welfare. All proposals must adhere to existing MAF policies, including the Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research.

The proposed study must be highly relevant to wildlife health, and there must be strong evidence that the event is unusual, is associated with significant morbidity/mortality, or demands immediate response. The study must address a truly unexpected emergency that cannot be addressed during the foundation's regular grant process. Researchers, organizations, and facilities must be experts in the research field and show a good probability of success. In addition, proposals cannot be for a rescue effort, but instead must have an animal health and welfare research component.

Grants from the fund will range in amounts between $5,000 and $50,000 each.

Unlike traditional MAF research grants, there is no deadline for submission — a grant application can be submitted at any time during the year. Proposals will be reviewed by MAF's Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board, and applicants will be notified of funding decisions within ten business days of application.

Further information and proposal guidelines are available at the Morris Animal Foundation Web site.

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