Access to Basic Veterinary Care (ABVC) Program Research Grants: Request for Letters of Intent
Timeframe: LOI Due April 29, 2019
Accessible, affordable basic veterinary care is critical to the welfare of pets and to keeping pets with their owners and out of shelters. Pet owners often cannot afford or access basic veterinary care, such as vaccinations or common treatments. To ensure that all pets have access to basic medical care, the ASPCA recently started the Access to Basic Veterinary Care (ABVC) Program. Through this work, the ASPCA aims to improve pet owners’ access to veterinary care by providing direct care to animals in need, by supporting partner organizations to provide such care, and by leading systemic change in the veterinary field to make basic veterinary care more accessible to more pet owners.
The ASPCA’s ABVC Program seeks to support research that advances knowledge in support of ABVC and develops mechanisms for ABVC implementation across the veterinary field. The ASPCA invites individuals and organizations that meet the below criteria to apply for an ABVC research grant.
US-based independent researchers
Researchers affiliated with any type of facility within the US, including public, private, for- and not-for-profit entities, such as universities, colleges, veterinary hospitals and clinics, and other institutions.
The scope of this RFP is broad; the research can address ABVC from any angle. Ideally, the research will establish tools that other veterinarians and organizations can use to improve access to basic veterinary care. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to:
Medical (e.g., identifying treatments of common health problems that can be offered at lower cost)
Behavioral/economic (e.g., developing and testing mechanisms to “nudge” veterinarians to engage in this work)
Client-focused (e.g., identifying and implementing mechanisms to reduce barriers to basic veterinary care and support underserved pet owners)
$50,000 total is available for grants, therefore a single grant of $50,000, or multiple grants of lesser value, may be awarded.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should first submit a letter of intent (LOI) using the standardized LOI Form. You will be asked to provide information on your organization, team, and budget as well as a brief description of your project. Project descriptions should be no more than 3500 characters (roughly 500 words) and include:
Project Justification – how this project will meet criteria and improve access to veterinary care
General Methods – sample and research design
Impact – description of how the results will be used to inform and advance ABVC
Budget – total amount requested
Please also include a list of team members and their credentials, and a brief explanation of why you are well-poised to carry out this work (3500 character limit).