Wildlife/Exotics Studies: First Award Grant

Morris Animal Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $108,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 15, 2018 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is dedicated to funding proposals that are relevant to our mission of advancing the health and well-being of exotics/wildlife by funding hypothesis-driven and humane animal health research. The First Award is designed to assist new faculty in establishing a successful research program.

Proposals should be designed to convince the reviewers that the applicant clearly understands the problem to be studied, has devised a scientifically sound approach, and has the expertise to conduct the study. 

Award Amounts

  • First Award Funding is limited to two years at $50,000 maximum per year (personnel and supplies), plus maximum of 8% indirect costs (maximum annual award $54,000).
  • Travel expenses required to complete the project should be clearly justified
    • Expenses for PI to travel to scientific meetings are limited to $3,000.
  • Equipment cost is $5,000.

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


  • Must have a DVM and/or PhD and a full-time, permanent position in a university, accredited zoo or conservation organization.
    • Postdoctoral researchers should be completing their program and proposing research intended to be conducted in a permanent full-time position.
  • Applicant must not have received previous funding as a principal investigator for more than $20,000 for any single, extramural award.
    • Previous role as a co-investigator is acceptable.
  • MAF permits a maximum of two applications per Principal Investigator during a single call for proposals.
  • A proposal that is not approved for funding can be re-submitted a maximum of two times (three total submissions to MAF).
    • Resubmissions should clearly address reviewer concerns.


  • Proposals not adhering to MAF’s Health Study Animal Involvement Policy will be rejected. 
  • Projects using animal models to approach a human health issue are not appropriate.
  • Individuals currently in a residency are not eligible for this award.
  • Requests for salary for full time faculty appointments will not be approved.