Animal Welfare Foundation seeking grant applications to Norman Hayward Fund.

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) has opened the research grant process for its Norman Hayward Fund AWF and wants potential applicants to think about putting research into practice when submitting proposals.

Restricted to research into the disease and welfare of sheep and cattle, over the past six years the Norman Hayward Fund has awarded more than £1m to veterinary research projects in the UK.

Recent awards have from £42,000 to £159,000 for projects lasting from one to four years.

Tiffany Hemming is chairman of the fund: “AWF is keen to support research we can see will make a practical difference to animal welfare in a relatively short time period.

“We also pay particular attention to applicants’ communication plans. We want to be clear how the key messages from our research will be disseminated to the target audience – this is critical to achieving practical improvements in animal welfare.”

Applications are welcome from academic and practice-based researchers.

There is a two-stage application process. In the first stage applicants must submit  a project overview form, which gives a brief outline of the nature and scope of their project.

Trustees will review the overview forms before deciding which applicants to invite to submit a full grant application.

The closing date for the receipt of project overview forms is Friday September 27, 2013.

For further information about AWF grants and to apply, visit

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