The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) aims to advance our 2030 goals of developing evidence-based treatment interventions and protocols in shelters, ending euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats, and empowering communities to prevent and respond effectively to cruelty. The ASPCA recognizes that promoting the growth of high-quality research will promote animal welfare by advancing the assessments and interventions used by key professional audiences. To this end, the ASPCA invites grant applications for our Applied Behavior Research Seed Grant program. This program seeks to support research that advances knowledge in responding to behavior problems in shelter populations and victims of animal cruelty.
The typical grant amount under this solicitation is $10,000-$15,000 with a maximum individual grant amount of $35,000. The total funding amount available for this grant opportunity is $75K.
We acknowledge that the effort to effectively respond to behavior problems in shelter and cruelty populations can be advanced by multiple disciplines and diverse areas of expertise (e.g., ethology, biology, physiology, psychology, veterinary medicine). For the 2021 funding call, we are inviting applications from investigators whose projects will contribute to advancing these goals, rather than constraining the scope of applications to specific scientific areas. We invite investigators and organizations that meet the below criteria to apply for a research seed grant:
Investigators and/or research teams affiliated with US public and not-for-profit entities, such as universities, colleges, veterinary hospitals and clinics, and other institutions are eligible to apply.
Note: Applications from researchers from historically (and currently) under-resourced backgrounds and/or those who are in the early stages of their career are strongly encouraged.
The 2021 Applied Behavior Research Seed Grant program solicits research proposals that will inform shelter behavior protocols and/or criminal casework. Of particular interest is research that addresses common behavior concerns in shelter populations that lead to euthanasia or research that provides behavioral evidence that informs key community stakeholders and allied professionals in preventing and responding to animal cruelty. Key stakeholders include, but are not limited to:
Animal Welfare Organizations
Law Enforcement and Prosecutors
Projects with the primary aim of providing services or building infrastructure will not be considered. In order to be responsive to this request, projects must have a clear research question with an appropriate methodology to address the proposed research aims.
Applicants must meet ASPCA Grantee Organizational Standards:
- Business registration must be current/active in the Grantee’s state of incorporation
- Charitable registration must be current/active in the state of the Grantee’s primary location (for grants =>$25,000)
- No delinquent ASPCA grant refunds, if applicable
- For nonprofits:
- must have at least 4 board members
- the majority of the board must be independent
- neither the Board Chairperson nor the Board Treasurer may be compensated
NOTE: Organizations with overdue ASPCA grant reports are not eligible to apply.
ASPCA as a Resource
An ASPCA Research Director and/or content expert affiliated with the ASPCA may be available to lend expertise to study design considerations as requested by grant recipients. ASPCA personnel will not participate in data collection, analysis, or manuscript writing and the proposed budget and application must provide the personnel and expertise to accomplish these tasks.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Relevance – the proposed research directly informs applied animal behavior as relates to shelter behavior practices or cruelty prevention/response.
Approach – the study design is justified and appropriate to achieve the project goals (e.g., the study is adequately powered to answer the questions, the statistical analysis is appropriate, ethical issues are addressed, the project timeline is logical and feasible).
Potential impact – the potential for the research to substantially strengthen shelter behavior practices or cruelty prevention and response in the United States.
Generalizability – the results can be used by many stakeholders in different settings or with different resources.
Credentials – the ability of the team to carry out the work.
- RFP will open on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 9 a.m. ET
- RFP will close on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET
- Finalists will be notified via email on or around Monday, November 22, 2021, and invited to complete a formal application in our grant management system.
- Funding decisions are expected before December 31, 2021
Review the application questions and required information in the Companion Requirements Guide in preparation for completing the form in one session.
Submit your application.
Please be sure all requested information is included in your responses. Applications cannot be revised after submission.