Wildlife/Exotics Studies: First Award Grant

Morris Animal Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $108,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 13, 2020 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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First Award

The mission of Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. To achieve this aim, we fund hypothesis-driven, humane animal health research projects with high scientific merit and the potential for significant impact on animal health.

First Award grants are designed to assist new faculty in establishing a successful research program.

Proposals should be designed to convince the reviewers that the proposed project will advance the science of animal health; the investigator clearly understands the health problem and has the expertise to conduct the study; and the approach is scientifically sound. 

Application Limits: MAF permits a maximum of two applications as Principal Investigator per year.

Resubmissions: A proposal that is not approved for funding can be re-submitted a maximum of two times (three total submissions to MAF).

Budget: The budget cannot exceed $54,000 per year ($50,000 per year, plus 8 percent for indirect costs if charged by your institution).

Duration: The maximum study duration is two years.

Mentor: Must have the support of a faculty mentor in the applicant’s field

Wildlife/Exotics Grants

Proposals on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics

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


  • Must have a DVM and/or PhD.
  • Must have 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.
  • Must not have received previous funding as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $20,000 for any single extramural award.
    • Previous funding as a co-investigator is acceptable.
  • Health Study Policy: Projects must adhere to MAF’s Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research.


  • Projects oriented toward human health and agricultural animal health do not fall within Morris Animal Foundation's mission and will not be accepted.
  • Individuals currently in a residency program are not eligible for this award.