Abstract # 990 Event # 197:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2005 09:30 AM-09:45 AM: Session 14 (Mayfair Room) Oral Presentation

Research Grants Available Through the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

A. G. Brady1 and M. L. Morin2
1University of South Alabama, Dept. of Comparative Medicine, Univ. of South Alabama, 307 University Blvd., MSB 992, Mobile, AL 36688, USA, 2Morin Associates
     The ACLAM Foundation grant program provides funding to potential interest areas for primatologists. Research must be directed to 1) The benefit of laboratory animals (including primates), 2) Benefit of people who work with laboratory animals, and 3) Improving scientific validity of animal use. Maximum award is $25,000 (U.S.), with project duration of one year from date of award. Specifically, projects must be directed to the following research areas: 1) Animal behavior/well-being, 2) Husbandry, 3) Refinement of animal models, with emphasis on Russell & Burch’s “3 R’s” of animal welfare- reduction, replacement, refinement, 4) Analgesia/anesthesia, 5) Diagnostics/diseases of laboratory animals, and 6) Zoonotic diseases. The principal investigator must have a doctoral degree. Applying for a grant begins with a 2-page Letter of Intent (LOI). Full Grant Proposals are invited by the Foundation after reviewing LOI’s. Evaluation of applications is based on scientific merit, consistency with the mission of the Foundation, investigator/collaborator expertise, appropriate animal use, feasability of completion within the grant time limit, research facility adequacy, and appropriateness of budget. Successful applications are strongly directed toward one or more of the six research areas. They have well-defined objectives, with excellent rationale for how the objectives will be attained. Common application errors include failure to demonstrate research objective relevance and lack of convincing research methodology. ACLAM Grants provide a useful funding source for defined areas of primatology research.