Apply for a Michelson Grant
Scientists wishing to be considered for Michelson Grant funding for research in pursuit of nonsurgical sterilization methods for cats and dogs must submit a brief letter of intent (LOI). LOIs may be submitted at any time, and we aim to review all LOIs within one month of submission. To submit a letter of intent, please follow the steps below.
Step 1: Review our Online ResourcesFound Animals provides valuable online resources to assist applicants in submitting successful letters of intent. The following resources must be reviewed prior to LOI submission:
- Michelson Grant Funding Criteria
- Canine and Feline Reproduction Resources
- Policy for Animals Involved in Research
- Quality Research Practices Self-Assessment Checklist
Step 2: Prepare an LOIAn LOI must contain:
- Investigator's name, institution, address, phone, email, and a title descriptive of the work proposed
- Proposed approach for developing a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant
- Rationale for proposing this approach
- Overview of required research (budget estimates not required)
- Confirmation that the applicant has reviewed the resources outlined in Step 1 above
Tips for Applicants:
- Investigators should review the Michelson Grant Funding Criteria in order to familiarize themselves with current funding requirements.
- At the time of submission, investigators should consider including reprints of all literature cited within their letters of intent, as well as any additional attachments that may be informative to reviewers.
- When developing an approach, investigators are encouraged to keep in mind the mission of the Michelson Prize & Grants program, which is to reduce shelter euthanasia of pets with a single-dose, permanent, safe sterilant.
- An injectable or implantable route of administration is preferred to oral, intranasal, or other formulations. LOIs pursuing bait or feed products will not be considered.
- Though the board will consider approaches hypothesized to be effective in a single gender or species only, the potential product must represent a significant improvement over existing products in order for the proposal to be funded (information about current products is available on the ACC&D website).
- For an unproven concept, we recommend proposing a small pilot/proof of concept study rather than a large project.
- Preliminary data should be provided to justify the proposed approach. These data may have been generated in the applicant's laboratory, another laboratory, or may be referenced from the literature.
- Investigators with controlled release technologies or other sophisticated delivery approaches are encouraged to consider potential collaborations. Email addresses are provided for all Michelson Grant-funded researchers on our Research Findings page.
- The title of a letter of intent should be descriptive of the work proposed [i.e. Not: "A Nonsurgical Sterilant for Dogs and Cats"; But: "Destruction of Hypophyseal GnRH Receptors Using Intravenous Kryptonite: Proof of Concept Study in Mice"]
- Applicants do not need to include information about pet overpopulation in their LOIs, as we are already aware of the magnitude of this problem.