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Morris Animal Foundation

MorrisAnimalGrants for research, training, and rapid responses related to wildlife diseases

Principal Office: USA


Founded in 1948 by the veterinarian Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr., the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) works to advance the health and welfare of animals worldwide.

In addition to domestic animals, MAF funds research and health care of captive and free-ranging wildlife.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

1 — Wildlife Research. MAF offers several types of grants and fellowships, which vary by purpose and seniority of the applicants. Categories of grant making are large companion animals; small companion animals; and wildlife.

MAF’s interests in wildlife are:

  • Prevention and treatment of wildlife diseases;
  • Wildlife reproduction biology; and
  • Wildlife populations and genetics.

Grants range from US$10 thousand for pilot studies to an average of US$50 thousand per year for research grants to senior investigators. There are no nationality restrictions.

APPLICATION: Potential applicants consult MAF’s website for an overview of grant categories and criteria.

MAF operates through calls for proposals posted at certain times of the year. Applications are submitted online.

Some programs use a two-stage process to solicit pre-proposals, followed by invitations for full proposals from a selected subset of applicants.

About research grants, and how to apply

2 — Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund. The Rapid Response Fund is a funding mechanism for quick action in cases of wildlife disease outbreak and other events that threaten wildlife health.

Grants from the Rapid Response Fund are made to wildlife researchers and veterinarians worldwide.

Grants range from US$5 thousand to US$20 thousand, and exceptionally to US$50 thousand.

APPLICATION: Proposals include the background of the crisis, describing the need for urgent funds and the expected benefits. Applications can be submitted any time during the year.

Note:  At the time of this update, the Fund is not accepting proposals.

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries



MAF publishes an annual report and financial statement.

The Foundation maintains a database of its research projects.

Contact offers complete information.

Last Profile Review

 April 2017