Wildlife/Exotics Studies: Pilot Study Grant

Morris Animal Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $10,800

Deadline: Nov 14, 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

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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 Pilot Study grant is designed to provide funding for innovative ideas to accelerate discovery and advance MAF’s mission. 

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.

 The duration of the study cannot exceed one year.

Award Amounts: 

  • The budget cannot exceed $10,800 ($10,000 plus 8 percent for indirect costs, if charged by your institution).
  • Equipment limit: $5,000
  • Travel limit: Travel expenses required to complete the project should be clearly justified.
    • Expenses for PI to travel to scientific meetings are limited to $3,000

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


  • All investigators are eligible to apply.
    • The PI on a Foundation-funded pilot study does not need to have full-time faculty status at his or her institution, and residents are eligible to apply for this award.
  • Preliminary data are not required.
  • An investigator can serve as principal investigator (PI) on only one (1) Morris Animal Foundation pilot study per year.
  •  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.


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