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2024 ASPCA Research Grants (USA | Canada)

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The 2024 ASPCA Research Grants from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® supports research in the USA and Canada that improves animal welfare in the USA. The ASPCA research grants develop cutting-edge knowledge in animal welfare. The Society funds high-quality research across a variety of disciplines and methods that has clear potential to benefit animals, either directly or through effecting systems-level change. Proposals to extend studies focused on other disciplines (e.g., public health, economics, crime data analysis) to include animal welfare in substantive ways will also be considered if they can clearly demonstrate potential benefits to animals.

The 2024 round of research grants are soliciting proposals in the following four research areas:

Cruelty Research: proposals that address animal cruelty from any angle (e.g., public policy, law, criminal justice, criminology, veterinary forensics, community engagement, prevention/intervention, human behavior change). Of particular interest is research that analyzes the effectiveness of legislative and other policy measures designed to prevent and/or respond to cruelty. Also of interest is research that heightens awareness of animal cruelty and builds knowledge that informs and engages key community stakeholders and allied professionals in preventing and responding to this animal welfare issue.

Access to Veterinary Care (AVC) Research: proposals that 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 veterinary professionals and organizations can use to improve access to veterinary care.

Applied Behavior Research: proposals that inform the development or refinement of evidence-based shelter behavior protocols. Research that addresses common behavior concerns in shelter populations that lead to euthanasia is of particular interest.

Psychological Trauma Research: proposals related to developing novel approaches to the documentation of animal cruelty and neglect in the absence of physical trauma. Proposals are encouraged from any relevant discipline (e.g., physiology, psychology, ethology). Of particular interest is research that focuses on objective measures, including biomarkers and quantitative behavioral phenotyping.

Farm Animal Welfare Research: research related to animal welfare conditions in the largest U.S. poultry industries that produce broiler chickens, egg-laying hens, and turkeys.

Important note: If you wish to apply to more than one research area, please submit separate applications for each area.

The amount of research funding depends on the research area, the maximum research funding per project is 50,000 USD.

Applications close on June 30, 2024.

Full application due:
June 30, 2024

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