VAF Resident Grant Program

Resident Grant Program

Each year the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation offers research grants to ABVO-approved residents in areas of veterinary ophthalmology. Residents must be sponsored by their ABVO mentor(s). We are pleased to announce that beginning in 2023, the amount available per project has increased to $7,500.

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 deadline grant applications is Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.

Applicants should utilize the Resident 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 January 31, 2024.

2022 Resident Grant Award Winners

Dr. Brayden Routh, University of Missouri, $5,000
Evaluation of a Novel Ophthalmic Formulation for the Treatment of Corneal Fibrosis

Dr. Bactelius Turicea, Iowa State University, $5,000
Novel Treatment of Infectious Keratitis in Canine Corneas using Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) Light

Dr. April Beatty, Ohio State University, $5,000
Survey Assessment of Ophthalmic Diagnosis Parameters, Conjunctival Flora and Ocular Health of a Large Population of American Alligators


Click here to review a list of Past Grant Recipients.