Call for feline research proposals

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The Morris Animal Foundation and the Winn Feline Foundation have each issued a call for feline research proposals.

The MAF has issued a call for preproposals that address important health issues of cats. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1.

According to the MAF, cats are taken to the veterinarian less frequently than dogs, less money is spent on their health care, and fewer scientists study cats than dogs. Each year, the MAF struggles with the shortage of proposals to study feline health problems. Of the 441 preproposals received for 2007 funding, 119 were for canine studies, while only 39 were for feline research. High-quality study proposals are vital to improving feline health.

The official call for preproposals, containing all application details, is available at

Also, the Winn Feline Foundation is calling for grant proposals for 2008. Studies applicable to all cats are encouraged. The foundation is also interested in projects that address problems in individual breeds. This year, the foundation has dedicated funds for research into mediastinal lymphoma, feline infectious peritonitis, and inherited hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The application deadline is Dec. 3. The maximum grant amount is $15,000, and awards will be announced in March 2008. Multiyear proposals totaling more than $15,000 will not be considered. Additional funds may be available for breed-related studies. For more information about grant requirements, contact the Winn Feline Foundation at (856) 447-9787, or visit