Animals Need Health Studies

Information for researchers

Wild Animal Health Fund projects are evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Clearly identifies the need, methodology and value of the work
  • Contains relevance to AAZV’s mission to empower our members to advance our profession and enhance wild animal health, welfare, and conservation.
  • Highlights investigator’s commitment to wild animal health
  • Exhibits the expertise of all involved investigators
  • Includes the associated capabilities of the institution involvement and support of the research
  • Endorses the AZA or EAZA managed species programs
  • Approvals obtained for the institution’s animal care and use committee
  • Evaluation Criteria:
  • Scientific merit (background; hypotheses and/or objectives; study design and methods; animal use)
  • Impact and relevance (AAZV mission; expected benefit to target species or ecosystem)
  • Feasibility (personnel; facilities; attainability of objectives; preliminary data if applicable)
  • Finances (appropriate expenses; adequate justification; proportion of funding from WAHF)
  • Technical writing (coherence and clarity; grammar and typography; literature review)

The following information is available to apply for funding by the Wild Animal Health Fund:

  • The intent of the research grants is to improve the care and conservation of captive and free-ranging wildlife.


  • Grants are awarded in amounts that do not exceed $20,000 and will be granted on an annual basis.


  • It is expected that the project will be completed within 18 months of the grant being awarded.


  • The Call for Applications will open in November/December with a submission deadline of Early January- date to be defined soon.


  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by April 30th of year of funding.