Morris Animal Foundation is looking for research proposals to improve the behavior and health of equine patients and wildlife animals
Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) announced it is now accepting research proposals for 2 different studies. The first is aimed to improve the lives of horses by gaining a better understanding of their behavioral health and welfare and the second will focus on the health of wild animals living in sagebrush and grassland ecosystems.
According to the release,1 MAF is interested in research for the equine proposals that focuses on cognition, learning, stereotypes, separation anxiety, affiliative behavior toward humans, effects of equine temperament on welfare, and psychopharmacology. MAF also warns anyone interested in submitting a proposal, if it focuses only on behavioral measurements for non-behavioral conditions, it will not be accepted.
The scientific advisory board is the following:
The funding for this research is available due to a donation from Wendy Koch, DVM, DACAW, who has been a supporter of MAF for over 30 years. In 1990, he worked in animal welfare with the federal government and then became a board certified in animal welfare in 2016. She has followed equine behavior and welfare research closely and recognized these areas need more funding.
Proposal submissions are due by 4:59 PM ET on December 13, 2023.1 Any interested researcher are asked to start the process using an online application system, Fluxx, and if there are any questions, MAF asks people to check the FAQ page. Any questions that are not answered on the page can be emailed to email@example.com.
MAF has issued a call for research proposals that are focused on the health of animals that live within sagebrush and grassland ecosystems. According to the release,2 sagebrush ecosystems are found in arid and semiarid conditions in the intermountain west of North America and grassland ecosystems are across all continents, except Antarctica, and includes savannas, prairies, Pampas, and steppes.
The proposals will incorporate 2 types of award:
The scientific advisory board is the following2:
Applicants need to convince the animal welfare and scientific reviewers of a clear understanding of the health problem, have sufficient expertise to conduct the study, implement a scientifically sound approach, and consider their research’s environmental impact.
Proposals are due by 4:59 PM ET on November 29, 2023.2 For anyone interested, more information, including proposal documents, can be found on MAF’s Grants page.