ACVIM Grant Opportunities

The ACVIM offers a variety of grant funding opportunities throughout the year to support the ACVIM mission of being the trusted leader in veterinary education, discovery and medical excellence.

The number of awards, fellowships, grants and other funding opportunities may vary for each opportunity.

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ACVIM Resident Research Grants

The ACVIM is offering this research funding opportunity to provide a stimulating research experience for ACVIM residents by working with experienced research-scientist mentors. We encourage enrolled ACVIM residents to consider this opportunity to become engaged in research to improve animal health. 

To apply for these grants residents must identify an established research mentor. First year residents are encouraged to apply. Second year residents may apply with a strong statement that outlines an achievable timeline for completion of research during the remaining residency period. Third and fourth year residents are not eligible to apply unless in an approved, non-traditional residency program with completion date >1 year from application for resident award. Budget requests up to $10,000 will be considered. While residents are identified as the grant recipient, the mentor will assume fiscal responsibility for the project. 

The ACVIM is looking for clearly written projects that can be completed in one year. The expected outcome is a publication with the resident as first author and a scientific presentation of research at the ACVIM Forum, or discipline-specific scientific meeting. Applications from residents in private practice and from private practice-University collaborations are encouraged to submit.

2020 ACVIM Resident Research Grant Winners Press Release >>

2020 Dates and Deadlines (call closed)

Call Opens: August 15, 2020
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020
Winners Notified: December, 2020

Grant Proposal Guidelines

ACVIM Resident Research Grants in Partnership with Purina Institute

ACVIM Resident Research Grant Winners

ACVIM Cardiology Pacemaker Fund Research Grants

In 2010, the Membership of the ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology established an annual Cardiology Research Grant. This award is intended to provide support to the ACVIM cardiology residents and Diplomates in their research endeavors, provided that the expenditure is consistent with the responsible stewardship of the Pacemaker Fund, which funds these grant opportunities. Maximum amounts for the Diplomate grants are $15,000. Maximum amounts for resident grants are $17,000 for 2021, with a $500 increase annually. Grants may be funded in part or fully.  

The purpose of these grants is to provide cardiology residents an opportunity to develop grant writing skills and to support meaningful clinical research as a part of their cardiology residency training programs. The grants are for the duration of the candidate’s residency (one to four years, depending on what year the resident is in at the time of submission. The proposal should be written by the resident with careful guidance from a mentor. For the purposes of these grants, “completion” is defined as full collection of data, data analysis and final preparation of a complete manuscript. Annual progress reporting is required. 

Presentation of final data obtained from the project as an ACVIM Forum research abstract is strongly encouraged. Publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, such as the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine or the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, is expected.

Calls Open: Annually each February and September
Submission Deadlines: Six weeks following open date
Winners Notified: Annually each May and December

Funded by the ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology Pacemaker Fund

Resident Submission Guidelines

Diplomate Submission Guidelines

Holliday Neurology Resident Research Grant

This grant honors the memory of Dr. Terrell A. Holliday and his contributions to veterinary neurology. Dr. Holliday will be remembered as a great scientist, scholar, clinician, teacher and mentor. The purpose of this grant is to provide neurology residents with an opportunity to develop grant writing skills and to support clinical research as part of neurology residency training programs.

Applicants must be residents who are currently enrolled in an ACVIM-approved neurology residency. Only one award is allowed per resident during the residency period. All grants must be written by the resident, with guidance from a mentor. The proposed project must be completed before the end of the residency period.

Submission of the results of the study for presentation as a research abstract at the ACVIM Forum is required. A peer-reviewed publication is strongly encouraged. Annual reports are required until the research is completed. 

Holliday Neurology Resident Research Grant Winners

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