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Grants to USA Researchers and Research Teams for
Projects to Prevent and Address Cruelty to Animals

Cruelty Research Seed Grant

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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Deadline Date:

10/25/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA researchers and research teams affiliated with nonprofit and public entities, including IHEs, veterinary clinics and hospitals, and other institutions for projects to prevent and respond to cruelty to animals. Funding is intended for research that will inform public policy, the legal field, and/or criminal and clinical casework. Applications from researchers from historically (and currently) under-resourced backgrounds and/or those who are in the early stages of their careers are strongly encouraged.

Enhancing communities’ capacity for coordinated responses to animal cruelty is critical to the welfare of animals and people. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) aims to advance its 2030 goal of empowering communities to prevent and respond effectively to cruelty by promoting the growth of high-quality research that will advance anti-cruelty policy initiatives and heighten awareness and responses to animal cruelty by key professional audiences. To this end, the ASPCA invites grant applications for the Cruelty Research Seed Grant program. This program seeks to support research that advances knowledge in preventing and responding to animal cruelty.

The 2021 Cruelty Research Seed Grant program solicits research proposals that will inform public policy, the legal field, and/or criminal and clinical casework. Of particular interest is research that heightens awareness of animal cruelty and provides evidence that informs key community stakeholders and allied professionals in preventing and responding to this animal welfare issue. Key stakeholders include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal Welfare Organizations
  • Legislators
  • Veterinary Professionals
  • Law Enforcement and Prosecutors
  • Social Service Professionals

In order to be responsive to this request, projects must have a clear research question with appropriate methodology to address the proposed research aims.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198634

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The typical grant amount under this solicitation is $10,000-$15,000 with a maximum individual grant of amount of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The study period is one calendar year from the time of award, with recipients being eligible to apply for one, no-cost extension that will extend the project period for one additional year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ASPCA acknowledges that the effort to prevent and effectively respond to animal cruelty can be advanced by multiple disciplines and diverse areas of expertise (e.g., public health, criminal justice, law, public policy, psychology, sociology, social work, veterinary medicine, animal behavior). For the 2021 funding call, ASPCA is inviting applications from investigators whose projects will contribute to advancing these goals, rather than constraining the scope of applications to specific scientific areas. We invite investigators and organizations that meet the below criteria to apply for a cruelty research seed grant:

Investigators and/or research teams affiliated with US public and not-for-profit entities, such as universities, colleges, veterinary hospitals and clinics, and other institutions are eligible to apply.

Note: Applications from researchers from historically (and currently) underserved backgrounds and/or those who are in the early stages of their career are strongly encouraged.

Applicants must meet ASPCA Grantee Organizational Standards:
- Business registration must be current/active in the Grantee’s state of incorporation
- Charitable registration must be current/active in the state of the Grantee’s primary location (for grants =>$25,000)
- No delinquent ASPCA grant refunds, if applicable
For non-profits:
- Must have at least 4 board members
- The majority of the board must be independent
- Neither the board chairperson nor the board treasurer may be compensated

NOTE: Organizations with overdue ASPCA grant reports are not eligible to apply.

Projects with the primary aim of providing services or building infrastructure will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete Timeframe
- RFP will open on Monday, September 27, 2021, at 9 a.m. ET.
- RFP will close on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 5 p.m. ET
- Finalists will be notified via email on or around Monday, November 22, 2021, and invited to complete a formal application in our grant management system.
- Funding decisions are expected before December 31, 2021

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