2024 ASPCA Research Grants

Updated Information


New internal deadline: July 5, 2024, 4:30 pm

New external deadline: July 14, 2024, 11:59 pm



For More Information

Please visit the ASPCA website for more information about:

  • Areas of research
  • Eligibility criteria
  • How to apply
  • Application requirements


ASPCA research grants develop cutting-edge knowledge in animal welfare. We fund high-quality research across a variety of disciplines and methods that has clear potential to benefit animals, either directly or through effecting systems-level change. Proposals to extend studies focused on other disciplines to include animal welfare will also be considered if they can be clearly demonstrated to have substantial potential benefit to animals.

This year proposals in the following research areas are being solicited:

  • Cruelty Research: Proposals that address animal cruelty from any angle or relevant discipline (e.g., public policy, law, criminal justice, criminology, veterinary forensics, community engagement, prevention/intervention, human behavior change). Of particular interest is research that analyzes the effectiveness of legislative and other policy measures designed to prevent and/or respond to cruelty. Also of interest is research that heightens awareness of animal cruelty and builds knowledge that informs and engages key community stakeholders and allied professionals in preventing and responding to this animal welfare issue. 
  • Access to Veterinary Care (AVC) Research: Proposals that address AVC from any angle (e.g., medical, legal, AVC impact, program delivery, community engagement, veterinary engagement). Ideally, the research will establish tools or guidelines to improve access to veterinary care.
  • Applied Behavior Research: Proposals that inform the development or refinement of evidence-based shelter behavior protocols. Proposed research should address specific behavior concerns in shelter populations that lead to euthanasia, rather than general management protocols. 
  • Psychological Trauma Research: Proposals related to developing novel approaches to the documentation of animal cruelty and neglect in the absence of physical trauma. Proposals are encouraged from any relevant discipline (e.g. physiology, psychology, ethology). Of particular interest is research that focuses on objective measures, including biomarkers and quantitative behavioral phenotyping.
  • Farm Animal Welfare Research: Research related to animal welfare conditions in the largest U.S. poultry industries that produce broiler chickens, egg-laying hens, and turkeys.


This opportunity is also available to Canadian registered public universities and qualified municipalities/public bodies that can demonstrate the applicability of the research to improve the welfare of animals in the US.

Funding Availability

The total funding amount available for these opportunities is $440,000. 

Maximum Project Value

The maximum individual grant amounts for each research area are $20,000 (Psychological Trauma Research), $40,000 (Applied Behavior Research), $50,000 (Access to Veterinary Care Research and Cruelty Research) and $30,000 (Farm Animal Welfare Research). Applications for amounts under the maximum amount are encouraged and will be assessed on an impact-for-cost basis.

Indirect Costs



If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application documents along with a complete OR5 form to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

Use the attached guidelines to prepare your documents before submission to the sponsor.

External Deadline

Submit final application electronically through the ASPCA website.

How to Apply

Complete the online application available on the ASPCA website. You must complete your application in one sitting as progress is not saved and submissions cannot be revised. Please use the attached guidelines to prepare your documents in advance.


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For Questions, please contact

For project-related inquiries about Applied Behavior or Psychological Trauma, please contact bst.research@aspca.org  

For project-related inquiries about Access to Veterinary Care or Cruelty Research, please contact ASPCAresearch@aspca.org 

For project-related inquiries about Farm Animal Welfare Research, please contact suzanne.mcmillan@aspca.org

For application submission inquiries/technical difficulties, please contact grants@aspca.org 

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