VAF Resident Grant Program

Resident Grant Program

Each year the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation offers research grants, of up to $5,000, to ABVO-approved residents in areas of veterinary ophthalmology. Residents must be sponsored by their ABVO mentor(s).

The ACVO-VAF will support research supplies, materials, limited equipment, publication and limited salary for technical support.

The ACVO-VAF does not support the salary of the resident, salary of the faculty mentor, tuition, major equipment, or institutional indirect costs.

Animal related experiments require approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee with the proposal submission.

Results of funded research must be presented at the Annual ACVO Conference.

The VAF is currently accepting Grant Applications for 2019 awards. Grant applications for 2018 will be due Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Applicants should utilize the 2018 Grant Instructions and Grant Template

Also see our Sample Grant Terms and Conditions document (pdf),  Clinical Trial Research Study Owner Informed Consent Form and Animals in Research Policy

The VAF is pleased to provide examples of two successful proposals, for applicants to review, if needed.

Click here and here to review these sample proposals.

Please note these applications were funded several years ago, so the formatting may not be an exact match with the current template. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited.

Applications are reviewed and scored by the VAF’s Grants Committee and applicants will be notified of funding decisions by February 1, 2019.

2018 Resident Grant Award Winners

Dr. Kayla Banks
The University of Missouri
$5,000 (12 months)
Comparison of cleaning and sterilization protocols for diamond burr tips used in diamond burr debridement for canine superficial chronic corneal epithelial defects

Dr. Braidee Foote
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
$4,785 (15 months)
Clinical and histologic effects of MicroPulse transscleral cyclophotocoagulation in the normal equine eye

Dr. Maggie Jinks
The Ohio State University
$5,000 (24 months)
Establishing the role of extrinsic forces on lens cell mitosis

Click here to review a list of Past Grant Recipients.