AAV Research Grants

Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV)

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Next anticipated deadline: Feb 15, 2021 8:59pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 15, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $40,000

Fields of work: Veterinary Science & Services Wildlife Health

Applicant type: Research Scientist, Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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AAV Mission Statement

The Association of Avian Veterinarians is an international professional organization of practitioners advancing and promoting avian medicine, stewardship, and conservation through education of its members, the veterinary community and those they serve.

Support of Avian Research (SOAR) 40K Grant Opportunity

The Association of Avian Veterinarians was formed in 1980 and in celebration of our 40th anniversary, we are soliciting research proposals addressing significant areas of need for research in avian species. Following a survey of avian specialists, we established three distinct topics to be covered under this unique grant opportunity:
  • Atherosclerosis and cardiac disease
  • Avian bornavirus
  • Feather-damaging behavior
AAV Wild Bird Health Research Fund

Pre-proposals for research projects addressing wild bird health are now being accepted for consideration for funding by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). Projects of interest include but are not limited to epidemiology of disease in wild populations, ecotoxicology, diagnostic testing and treatment of wild birds, and conservation medicine. Grants are limited to $5,000.00 US for individual projects. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The full project, or portion of the project for which funding is requested, must be completed within one (1) calendar year upon acceptance.
  • All prospective research studies funded by the AAV must receive full approval by the facility’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or equivalent research review entity.
    If IACUC (or equivalent) approval is pending at the time of full proposal submission to the AAV, proof of subsequent complete approval must be made available to the AAV before funds can be released for the research project.
  • For pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies, drugs under investigation must be fully approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • For prospective live bird research studies involving anesthesia or invasive surgery or surgery that causes a permanent change in the animal, a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM or equivalent) must be listed as the principal investigator or co-investigator.


  • Preference will be given to grant submissions relating to avian species traditionally kept as companions or to projects in which the major findings are relevant to companion species, however strong proposals relating only to zoological species will also be considered.
    • For the purposes of this grant, companion birds are defined as “species normally maintained in or near the household of the owner or person who cares for such animals” and can include companion poultry and species used for falconry. 
    • Grants are limited to $40,000.00 US for individual projects.


  • Costs such as travel expenses, publication costs, investigator or assistant salaries, major equipment purchases, and overhead shall not be funded by the AAV.
  • No more than three (3) pre-proposals may be submitted per researcher.

This page was last reviewed July 16, 2020 and last updated July 16, 2020