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AABP Foundation Cattle Welfare Research Grant

Request for Proposals for Cattle Welfare Research

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation announces the availability of two grants supporting clinical research on cattle welfare. Each grant will be for up to $25,000. Proposals may address beef, dairy or both. Proposals should be aimed at providing clinically relevant information on the impact of management on cattle welfare that cattle veterinarians and producers can utilize in beef or dairy production environments. Projects that research specific pharmaceuticals or analgesics, which are candidates for funding by corporate or industry sponsors, are not likely to be prioritized.

Each proposal should include the title, a one-page description of the proposed study, a detailed experimental protocol (no more than two pages, which includes contributions of each investigator), a budget (including justification for all expenses), and a list of investigators with a brief (2 page maximum per investigator) biographical sketch of each investigator. Salary replacement for faculty members, post-docs or graduate students, indirect costs or scientific equipment will not be supported.

At least one of the investigators must be an AABP member. Proposals will be ranked by the AABP Foundation Board for bovine practice relevance. Top ranking proposals will then be reviewed by experts in the area of study. The AABP Foundation Board will select the project(s) to be funded after evaluation of reviewer comments and scoring.

Upon selection, the AABP Foundation will release 80% of the project funds. The remaining 20% of funds will be released after the following has been satisfied:

      1. Project has been completed.
      2. Results of the project are presented at an AABP annual conference.
      3. Submission of the results for publication in a peer reviewed journal. Investigators are encouraged to submit their results for publication in the AABP Bovine Practitioner.


This project is funded by a generous donation from an AABP member (50%) and funds from the AABP Foundation (50%) which is supported by member donations.


Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, December 30, 2021. Proposals MUST be submitted online. Questions may be addressed to the AABP Office at fred@aabp.org.


Fred Muller
Chair, AABP Foundation

Applicants must:

  1. Download a template Welfare Research Word Document, and complete and save as PDF document.
    Name the PDF document yourname.PDF (ex. JohnSmith.PDF).

    The proposal shall include:
          • Title
          • Description of the Proposed Study (Maximum of one page)
          • Detailed Experimental Protocol (No more than two pages, which includes the contributions of each investigator)
          • Budget (Including justification for all expenses)
          • List of Investigators (Provide a brief (maximum of 2 pages) biographical sketch for each investigator)
  2. Complete the online application (Applications are now closed) form. You will upload the PDF file within the application form.
  3. Evaluation criteria and scoring system.
  4. Notification: Candidates will be notified of the Committee's decision by July 31.