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 2021 proposals will be accepted beginning on Monday, October 4th and due by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, December 3rd.

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. Sarah Adelman, University of California- Davis
Role of the corneal epithelial transmembrane mucin MUC4 in tear film stability and wound healing

Dr. Megan Cullen, Kansas State University
Evaluation of the analgesic effects of liposomal bupivacaine (Nocita®) in client-owned dogs following enucleation 

Dr. Kourtney Dowler, University of Missouri
Commercially available intraocular lenses commonly used in canine cataract surgery: a microbiota investigation

Dr. Katelin Quantz, Michigan State University
Safety and efficacy of goniotomy in dogs with open-angle glaucoma (OAG)

Dr. Tara Stonex, North Carolina State University
Does ciliary body ablation control chronic glaucoma pain?


Click here to review a list of Past Grant Recipients.