AAVN/WALTHAM® Research Grant for ‘Early Career’ Researchers:
The American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) is proud to announce the AAVN/WALTHAM® Research Grant competition for 2017. The award is intended to support researchers that are currently studying for a post-graduate qualification, or for researchers that have been awarded a postgraduate qualification within the past 5 years.
Applications are now being solicited for research proposals concerning companion animal nutrition. Equine related proposals should be directed to the WALTHAM®/Buckeye Nutrition® Award.
The proposed project should have application to dogs and/or cats. The studies must conform to ethical principles of WALTHAM® (see below), and informed owner consent must be obtained from any participants in clinical trials.
The amount of the grant is not set but will be considered on merit. Grants of up to $25,000 will be considered, however the scientific proposal review board may choose to fund smaller grants of $10,000 or less.
- The primary investigator and/or supervisor must be a current member of the AAVN.
- The primary investigator must be studying for a post-graduate qualification, or have been awarded a postgraduate qualification within the past 5 years.
- The research proposal must be applicable to dogs and/or cats and conform to WALTHAM® ethical guidelines.
- The research grant should be used to support direct research costs, but not for post-doctoral or graduate student stipends, or indirect costs such as institute overheads, travel, etc.
Timing for 2017:
- Submissions must be received by e-mail by April 15, 2017 and should be sent directly to Dr. Richard Butterwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Decisions will be made by May 14, 2017 and funds will be available after June 1, 2017.
Submitting a Proposal:
Submitted proposals should be accompanied by a cover e-mail that details the eligibility of the applicant to receive the grant. Grants are generally awarded for between 1 and 2-years total, but “no cost” extensions of up to 6 months can be granted. A report must be submitted to the secretary of the AAVN after one year and also at the end of the term of the grant, and the AAVN must be informed of and acknowledged in any publications that arise from the research. Investigators are also encouraged to present an abstract of their research at the AAVN Clinical Nutrition & Research Symposium.
Submitted grant proposals must be prepared as a word document (12 pt. Times New Roman, letter-sized pages, double-spaced with 1 inch margins all around) and must not be longer than 6 document pages (plus references, 2 pages of CV for each investigator, and submitted or approved animal care and use consent form).
The grants should be structured as follows:
- Title, principal investigator and address, followed by other investigators and addresses
- Total grant amount being requested, background, research objectives, hypothesis, materials and methods, implication of the project, ethics statement, budget and justification.
- Statistical justification for the number of animals intended for study and establishment of the validity of any novel assays are both essential. Grant proposals that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be reviewed.
- Research must not result in pain, suffering, or euthanasia of any animals involved. The husbandry and care of animals should meet the minimum guidance as described in the following reports for dogs and cats, respectively:
Dogs: the BVAAWF/FRAME/RSPCA/UFAW report on Refining Dog Husbandry and Care (Laboratory Animals 2004 Vol. 38; Suppl. 1), which can be found at this website: http://www.lal.org.uk/pdffiles/Dogworkingparty.pdf.
- Cats: the guidelines for cats adopted by the European Community (European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes (ETS No. 123 Appendix A), which can be found at this website: http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/EN/Treaties/PDF/123-Arev.pdf.
The scientific review board for the AAVN/WALTHAM® Research grant program will consist annually of three (3) volunteers from the AAVN membership who have not submitted research grants to the competition in that particular year.
Questions or concerns about research proposal guidelines or the review board should be sent to Dr. Richard Butterwick at email@example.com.