Accessible, affordable veterinary care is critical to the welfare of pets and to keeping pets with their families and out of shelters. Pet parents often cannot afford or access basic veterinary care, such as vaccinations or common treatments. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ® (ASPCA®) aims to improve access to veterinary care (AVC) by leading systemic change in the veterinary field to make veterinary care more accessible to more pet parents.
With support from Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, the ASPCA is requesting proposals for our AVC Research program. This program seeks to support research that advances knowledge in support of AVC and developing mechanisms for AVC implementation across the veterinary field. We invite organizations that meet the below criteria to apply for an AVC research grant.
A minimum of three grants will be awarded, with a maximum individual grant amount of $50,000.
Investigators and/or research teams affiliated with US public or private entities such as universities, colleges, government agencies, veterinary hospitals and clinics, and other institutions. Applications from individuals will not be accepted.
Grant seekers must meet ASPCA Grantee Organizational Standards:
- If a past ASPCA grant recipient, you must be current on all reporting requirements.
- If a nonprofit organization:
- Must be an incorporated or organized legal entity in good standing with the Secretary of State in the state where the organization is incorporated or organized
- Must have a board of at least 4 members with a majority of independent members with neither board chair nor treasurer receiving compensation from the organization
The scope of this RFP is broad; the research can address AVC from any angle (e.g., medical, legal, AVC impact, program delivery, community engagement, veterinary engagement).
Ideally, the research will establish tools or guidelines that other veterinarians and organizations can use to improve access to veterinary care.
Projects must have a clear research question with an appropriate methodology to answer that research question.
Projects with the primary aim of providing services or building infrastructure will not be considered.
The ASPCA® was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans. Acting effectively on that belief requires a commitment to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome and encourage diverse candidates to apply for our grant opportunities in the interest of working together to improve the lives of animals in need.
Grant Review Timeline
- June 15th: LOI due
- July 20th: Invitations to submit full proposals emailed
How to Apply
Interested applicants should first submit a letter of intent (LOI) by completing an application via the link below.
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide the following (see Companion PDF for additional details):
- Organization name, contact information, and 501(c)(3) status; primary investigator and primary contact name and information
- Project title; anticipated start and end dates
- Project budget (total requested; breakdown of income and expenses for the project)
- Project description (project justification; research question(s); methods; impact)
- Research team (list/credentials; experience relevant to the project)
Please note that Airtable will not allow you to save your work and return later to complete your application. We suggest having all the requested information (above) prepared before entering to submit your application.
Questions? Contact us.