Michelson Grants


Found Animals Foundation


Michelson Grants


Found Animals offers Michelson Grants for research in pursuit of a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilization product or technology for use in male and female dogs and cats. When developing a potential approach, applicants should consider the program’s goal of bringing to market a low-cost, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant or sterilants that will have a maximum impact in addressing populations of animals driving shelter intake.


The Michelson Prize & Grants is an international program open to any entity, including academic institutions, biotechnology firms, research institutes, and well-qualified individuals or groups.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $250,000 USD/year for up to 3 years.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 3 years.

Special Notes

To qualify for a Michelson Grant, a proposed project must pursue a technology, mechanism, or pathway representing an innovative approach to nonsurgical sterilization. Investigators are encouraged to submit for "proof of concept" studies in cell culture or rodents (in certain cases), and/or in dogs and cats.

How to Apply

  1. Please review the the Michelson Grant Funding Criteria, online resources and tips for applicants, and FAQs prior to submitting an LOI.
  2. Applicants must email their LOIs to: michelsonprize@foundanimals.org. In the text of the email, applicants must indicate where they first learned about the funding opportunity.

The LOI must contain:

  • Investigators' names, institution, address, phone, email, and a title descriptive of the work proposed
  • Proposed approach for developing a single-dose, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant
  • The rationale for proposing this approach
  • An overview of required research (budget estimates not required)
  • Confirmation that the applicant has reviewed the resources outlined in Step 1 above
For Questions, please contact

Found Animals Foundation
Email: michelsonprize@foundanimals.org

Before March 2, 2015:
Margaret Kirnbauer
Research Contracts Manager
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 54059
Email: mkirnbau@uoguelph.ca

After March 2, 2015:
Katie Meyer-Beck
Research Contracts Manager
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 54059

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