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 wor
  • 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
  • Scientific Merit: Hypothesis and Objectives, Experimental design and method, data analysis, preliminary data
  • Impact/Relevance: Importance of study to advancing zoological medicine
  • Attainability of Objectives: Ability of PIs to complete study in given type, adequate facilities and equipment, etc
  • Technical Writing: Coherent proposal, concise, easy to read, literature review
  • Appropriate Budget and Financial Considerations

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 $15,000 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 December 15, 2022, 11 PM EST.


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