BVA’s charity, the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), has re-launched its grants programme to help fund research into sheep, cattle and horse health and welfare

BVA’s charity, the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), has re-launched its grants programme to help fund research into sheep, cattle and horse health and welfare.

Recent projects have included work into ovine digital dermatitisDuring the past six years, the Norman Hayward Fund awarded more than £1m to research projects in the UK. The most recent Norman Hayward project was a four-year study by academics at the University of Liverpool’s veterinary school into ovine digital dermatitis.

However, the fund did not take applications last year, while the AWF review how the grants process worked.

“Applications are now welcome from academic and practice-based researchers who can demonstrate that their proposal will have a practical impact on the welfare of sheep, cattle or horses,” a charity spokesman said.

“There is a two-stage application process starting with applicants submitting their project overview form giving a brief outline of the nature and scope of the project.

“[AWF] Trustees will then review the overview forms before deciding which applicants to invite to submit a full grant application.”

The closing date for submission of application forms is Friday September 28, 2012.

For further information and to apply visit www.bva-awf.org.uk/grants

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