2020 Grand Challenges in Avian Medicine: Support Of Avian Research (SOAR) 40K Grant Opportunity
The Association of Avian Veterinarians was formed in 1980 and in celebration of our 40th anniversary, we are soliciting research proposals addressing significant areas of need for research in avian species. Following a survey of avian specialists, we established three distinct topics to be covered under this unique grant opportunity:
Atherosclerosis and cardiac disease
Preference will be given to grant submissions relating to avian species traditionally kept as companions or to projects in which the major findings are relevant to companion species, however strong proposals relating only to zoological species will also be considered. For the purposes of this grant, companion birds are defined as “species normally maintained in or near the household of the owner or person who cares for such animals” and can include companion poultry and species used for falconry. Grants are limited to $40,000.00 US for individual projects.
Overview of Project Guidelines
The full project, or portion of the project for which funding is requested, must be completed within one (1) calendar year upon acceptance.
Costs such as travel expenses, publication costs, major equipment purchases, and overhead shall not be funded by the AAV. In contrast to budget allowances during our normal grant cycle, investigator, assistant or student salaries can be covered up to 30% of the total amount of the requested budget.
All prospective research studies funded by the AAV must receive full approval by the facility’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or equivalent research review entity. If IACUC (or equivalent) approval is pending at the time of full proposal submission to the AAV, proof of subsequent complete approval must be made available to the AAV before funds can be released for the research project.
Although not a mandatory requirement for funding, selected investigators are strongly encouraged to publish their results in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery (JAMS) and/or submit presentation proposals for the annual conference of the AAV. Selected investigators may be granted a 12-month extension provided a written research update is provided to AAV at the end of the first calendar year from funding. All investigators will be required to submit a final research report as described in the AAV Research Project Final Report template. A photograph of the primary research illustrating the research project performed is also required.
Completed pre-proposals (one page form only - download template below) must be received by 12:00am Midnight EST, February 15, 2020. Final proposals, upon invitation only, based on the evaluation of the pre-proposal, must be received by 12:00am Midnight EDT, May 1, 2020. Grants will be announced at the annual meeting in Denver, CO, USA, August 29-Sept 3, 2020. A maximum 250 word description of the project will also be required for publication in association development literature. This summary should be in lay terms.
No more than three (3) pre-proposals may be submitted per researcher.
For pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies, drugs under investigation must be fully approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
For prospective live bird research studies involving anesthesia or invasive surgery or surgery that causes a permanent change in the animal, a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM or equivalent) must be listed as the principal investigator or co-investigator.
Style and Format
Page size must be one-two standard 8.5” x 11” pages
All page margins must be set to 1”
The minimum font size is ten (10) points
Pre-proposals must be written in American English.
Pre-proposals must be of excellent written quality, with few errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, and literature reference. Authors writing grant proposals that are not written in their primary language are encouraged to obtain copyediting prior to submission.
All information for each pre-proposal must be contained within a single document. Supporting documents will not be accepted for the pre-proposal phase of grant selection (supporting documents are accepted during the full grant proposal phase).
Pre-proposals must be submitted in digital word processing format (eg. Microsoft Word .doc format or equivalent). Application forms submitted in print format (eg. pdf format) will not be accepted.
Download pre-proposal submission form in .docx format below.
Each pre-proposal must contain the following categories:
Title of Research Project (not to exceed 10 words)
Principal Investigator, including name and degree(s), title, department (if any), institution or practice, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address(es)
Co-Investigator(s), including name and degree(s), title, department (if any), and institution or practice
Estimated Duration and/or Termination Date of Project o The full project, or portion of the project for which funding is requested, must be completed within one (1) calendar year upon acceptance
Estimated Budget o Grants are limited to $40,000 US for individual projects. o Costs such as travel expenses, publication costs, major equipment purchases, and overhead shall not be funded by the AAV. In contrast to budget allowances during our normal grant cycle, investigator, assistant or student salaries can be covered up to 30% of the total amount of the requested budget.
Statement of Research Objectives (not to exceed 100 words)
Summary of Experimental Methods and Design (not to exceed 250 words)
All prospective live animal studies funded by the AAV must receive full approval by the facility’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or equivalent research review entity. If IACUC (or equivalent) approval is pending at the time of full proposal submission to the AAV, proof of subsequent complete approval must be made available to the AAV before funds will be released for the research project.
Pre-proposal(s) must be submitted as word processing document (not pdf) email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Groskin, DVM, Executive Director, Association of Avian Veterinarians)
The deadline for the 2020 AAV 40th Anniversary Support of Avian Research (SOAR) Grant and Wild Bird Health Grant pre-proposal submission is 12:00am Midnight EST, February 15, 2020.
Full proposals, upon invitation only, will be due 12:00am Midnight EDT, May 1, 2020.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure delivery of the pre-proposal. If acknowledgement is not received with 7 days of submission, applicant should contact Executive Director at email@example.com or 201.446.2442.
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