Winn calls for feline research proposals

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The Winn Feline Foundation has issued a call for 2012 research grant proposals.

The foundations seeks to enhance the relationship between cats and humans by fostering improvements in feline health through research and education. In 2011, the foundation funded eight grants totaling $140,324 in areas such as stem cells, feline infectious peritonitis, diarrhea, oral cancer, feline genetics, and drug therapies.

The application deadline is Dec. 12. Applicants may be faculty veterinarians, postdoctoral fellows, practicing veterinarians, or veterinary students. The maximum grant amount is $25,000; projects should have achievable goals within that limit. Multiyear proposals totaling more than $25,000 will not be considered. Additional funds may be available for breed-related studies.

Studies applicable to all cats are encouraged, although Winn is particularly interested in projects addressing issues in nutrition and behavior. The foundation also has dedicated funds for research in feline infectious peritonitis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Continuation of grants awarded in 2011 will be considered.

To apply for a Winn Feline Foundation grant, submit an electronic proposal as a single complete Microsoft Word document to grantsatwinnfelinehealth [dot] com (grants[at]winnfelinehealth[dot]com) by Dec. 12. Proposals submitted in separate pieces will not be reviewed. Awards will be announced in February 2012.

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