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2014 VPRF Call for Proposals
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ACVIM Foundation/Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation

Clinical Investigation Grants

The ACVIM Foundation (ACVIMF) and the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF) are partnering to grant up to $18,000 for proposals that focus on research to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of therapies for veterinary species, explore new drug therapies for animals, develop and validate models of animal diseases or conditions, or ensure that a safe food supply is not compromised by drug therapy.

Eligibility: Any clinician or scientist with an interest in veterinary pharmacology is eligible to serve as Principal Investigator on projects funded by ACVIMF and VPRF. Collaborations between pharmacologists and Diplomates of the ACVIM are strongly encouraged.

Awards: Applicants may request up to $18,000 total for projects focused on pharmacology. Proposals may request up to the total amount and multi-year projects up to 3 years will be considered, subject to annual non-competitive renewal based on demonstration of adequate progress on the project. The ACVIM Foundation must receive a summary report within 3 months after the completion of a project. Failure to submit a final report may make investigators ineligible to receive future funding from the ACVIM Foundation.

Criteria for Awards: Proposals will be reviewed by the ACVIM Foundation Scientific Review Committee and ad hoc reviewers who are experts in the field of individual proposals. This program is intended to encourage studies with direct clinical application. Specific criteria used in consideration of proposals will include:
• Potential of the study to enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of disease in animals.
• Relevance of the proposal to existing scientific knowledge.
• Feasibility of the study, including likelihood of success in achieving study aims and appropriateness of the study design.
• Qualifications of the investigators, including adequacy of facilities, training record, productivity and other available resources.

Application Process: To be considered, grant proposals must follow the Guidelines for Grant Proposal Submission: ACVIM Foundation / Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation Clinical Investigation Grants (2014 ACVIM/VPRF Guidelines.pdf), and arrive in the ACVIM Foundation Office by the close of business on Monday, August 4, 2014.

The Guidelines for Grant Proposal Submission, as well as further information about the ACVIM Foundation Grants Program, may be obtained at the ACVIM Foundation’s website, For more information, contact the ACVIM Foundation’s Programs Manager at

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