Morris Animal Foundation accepting research proposals for canine IBD


Proposals should focus on using new technology or therapeutic methods to treat or cure the disease

Morris Animal Foundation is accepting proposals for studies centered on canine inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This request is in line with the foundation’s Donor-Inspired Study program, which enables individual donors to directly support a research topic they are passionate about and for which there is a pressing need.

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According to an organizational release,1 this grant is being funded by Jack and Megan Czerwinski in memory of Zinnie, their late beloved dog who they lost to inflammatory bowel disease at just 3 years old. The family worked closely with the foundation to offer funding for research focused on innovative ways to treat or cure canine IBD.

“This was a very difficult journey to take together,” said the Czerwinskis in a statement, in the release.1 “But we wouldn't trade our time with Zinnie and know how blessed we are to have had even a few years with him. With this study, we know that Zinnie's impact won't end with his life and will extend far beyond just the people and pups who knew him.”

Common in dogs, IBD causes vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. This disease can be managed through treatment, therapies, and diet for many dogs, however, it is fatal to other dogs because of the complications of the disease.

The proposals should focus on using new technology or therapeutic methods to treat or cure canine IBD. Projects that are aimed at human health, IBD diagnostic development, or those focusing on other animal species are not in tandem with Morris Animal Foundation’s mission for this proposal request and will not be reviewed.

All investigators are eligible to apply, but budget requests cannot exceed $65,000 USD and project duration cannot surpass 24 months. Competitive applicants will have a proven record of research and publication in canine IBD.

Applications will be reviewed and rated, based on impact and scientific rigor, by a scientific advisory board consisting of canine IBD experts. Interested researchers can learn more and apply for the award on the foundation's grants page. Grant applications close on April 14, 2023, 4:59 pm ET.


Morris Animal Foundation announces call for canine inflammatory bowel disease research proposals. Morris Animal Foundation. January 23, 2023. Accessed January 24, 2023.

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