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.

Grant Applications for 2020 proposals will be due by 11:59 pm EST on December 8, 2020.

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 February 1, 2021.

2020 Resident Grant Award Winners

Dr. Britta Fisher, Auburn University
Evaluation of corneal tissue welding with infrared laser irradiation following full-thickness clear corneal incisions in the equine cornea 

Dr. Kelly Knickelbein, University of California – Davis
Normative in vivo ultrasound biomicroscopy data for the assessment of the cornea and anterior segment of adult horses 

Dr. Michelle Martin de Bustamante, University of Florida
Investigation of the fecal bacterial microbiota and its functional potential in horses with equine recurrent uveitis

Dr. Louise O’Leary, Iowa State University
Accuracy and precision of compounded famciclovir for treatment of cats affected with feline herpesvirus type-1

Dr. Alex Sigmund, University of Tennessee
Concentration of topically applied 0.5% oxytetracycline in tears over time in normal dogs 


Click here to review a list of Past Grant Recipients.