Grant assistance to qualified veterinary surgeons in the UK or Ireland, for small animal clinical research projects. Projects may run for one to three years, but must not involve experimental animals.
Grants of between £1,000 and £8,000 are available.
Petsavers is a division of the British Small Veterinary Association (BSVA). Petsavers was started in 1974 by a group of vets who recognised the need for a charity that funded studies into the medical and surgical problems faced by pets.
This scheme provides funding for the clinical study of small animal pets. The ultimate objective is to advance the understanding of the cause and/or management of a clinical disorder.
Projects that involve experimental animals will not be supported.
Applications can only be made by qualified veterinary surgeons, whether in practice or within a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, or the Animal Health Trust.
Applications should be for funds to support clinical studies in small animals. Grants can be used for most costs associated with the research project. These can include equipment, running costs, laboratory materials or disposable items.
Petsavers will not pay a university surcharge.
Link to guidelines: http://www.petsavers.org.uk/Apply-for-funding/CRP
A clinical research project application form, available from the sponsor's website, must be completed. The application may be made by an individual or by a leader of a group of investigators, all of whom should counter-sign the application.
The information required will include the following:
- The title of the project.
- The aims and objectives of the work.
- The background of the project, which should review current knowledge of the subject. It should detail the manner in which the work is expected to contribute to the knowledge of disease for the benefit of those engaged in treating small animals, and should include some references to previous investigations in the field. These should be recent and familiar to the applicants, who may be questioned as to their details.
- Precise details of the experimental design, including the laboratory or clinic at which the work will take place, the facilities available, and the availability of technical or specialist help.
- Details and price of any equipment required for the project, supported by a quotation.
- Detailed analysis of capital or recurrent costs. If the work is to be carried over two or more years, it may be worth sub-dividing the project, with the second year to be supported when the first year's work is completed. Details and accurate costs of all items, to include equipment, running costs, laboratory materials, disposable items and postage must be given. The sum granted is the maximum that will be paid.
The curriculum vitae of the chief investigator must also be supplied with the application, and should not extend more than two pages.