VAF 2020 Grant Program

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ADDRESSING

significant health concerns in the field of veterinary ophthalmology

The VAF has issued a Request for Proposals addressing significant health concerns in the field of veterinary ophthalmology.  Submissions are due on by 4:59 pm EST on August 27, 2020.  The maximum study duration is 2 years and the maximum budget is $50,000.

Projects must advance the science of ophthalmic health in small or large animals or in wildlife. Projects oriented towards human ocular health will not be considered for funding.

Applications can be either clinical or basic science in nature. An overarching goal of the VAF research initiatives is to support quality research and conjoin basic and clinical research to understand underlying disease pathogenesis and accelerate progress toward developing effective diagnostics and/or therapeutics. There are no restrictions on the targeted disease, tissue, or species. Each applicant will need to convince the reviewers that the proposed research project will advance the science of veterinary ophthalmology. Applications are encouraged from academic institutions, private practices, or a collaboration between the two.

As with all research projects, the approach must be scientifically sound with a clear rationale. The inclusion of power analyses to justify sample size and the inclusion of carefully selected control animals is extremely important and will be considered by reviewers. Further, the investigator(s) must demonstrate that they clearly understand the heath concern addressed by the proposal and have the expertise to perform the study.

  • A complete application must be submitted to the VAF Grants Committee Co-Chairs by August 27, 2020 by 4:59 pm ET
  • Projects must advance the science of ophthalmic health in small or large animals or in wildlife. Projects oriented towards human ocular health will not be considered for funding.
  • Projects must adhere to the VAF Policy for Animals Involved in Research (https://www.visionforanimals.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-Policy-for-Animals-Involved-in-Research.pdf).
  • Only one application is permitted from each Principal Investigator.
  • The maximum study duration is two years. Regular progress reports will be required according to the VAF’s terms and conditions.
  • The maximum budget is $50,000. The VAF does not support institutional facilities and administrative costs (i.e. indirects).

Complete grant applications will undergo peer-review, in which proposals will be evaluated on study design and scientific merit, innovation, feasibility of proposed research, and the potential impact within veterinary ophthalmology. As with all other research program areas, collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams of investigators who can approach discovery research from multiple perspectives will be considered a strength.

Funding decisions will tentatively be made in November 2020.

Application materials include: specific instructions and a template.

Please direct any application questions to the VAF Grants Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Rachel Allbaugh                               Dr. Heather Chandler

Iowa State University                            The Ohio State University

rachelallbaugh@yahoo.com                  chandler.111@osu.edu