CVM Matching Funds Program

Established 2011
Purpose: The Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Office For Research Matching Funds Program is to support extramural, competitive research grant proposals by CVM faculty. As such, applicants must submit the Matching Funds request and receive approval prior to submission of any project proposal an external agency. These funds are designed to complement competitive extramural funds and to strengthen proposals.

Requirements: Applicants must be full-time (100% FTE) CVM Faculty with a research appointment. The funding agency must be an extramural source offering competitive research grants. Faculty may submit for matching funds on multiple projects simultaneously, or in succession, as long as the applicant is in compliance with all previous Matching Fund Program requirements and report obligations. Faculty with outstanding CVM Office for Research Matching Funds agreements must be in compliance with all reports in order to submit for further funding. 

CVM Matching Funds Progress Form
CVM Matching Funds Program Policy
CVM Office For Research Matching Funds Program Form

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CVM Student Research Grant (Small Grants for Projects Involving Students) – Applications accepted between January 1 and May 1 – (Funds must be used by August 1 of the same year)

Established 2019
Purpose: The CVM Student Research Grant is designed to encourage students’ involvement in research and offset the cost of such involvement for research mentors. This award provides up to $2,000 toward the research project of a First or Second Year veterinary student mentored by a CVM faculty.

This mechanism is designed to cover only project related research expenses, such as consumables and reagents. Students participating in these projects may also apply for the Advanced Laboratory Research Student Scholars Program to receive stipends during the academic year. Funded students are expected to present a poster at NVSS at the end of the summer Veterinary Summer Research Program. Students can volunteer their time on these projects. Alternatively, they may receive funding from their mentor’s grants, summer WesternU Part-Time Fellowship, or our College’s Veterinary Summer Research Program. Projects must include hands-on methodology and data collection, but may be relevant to basic or clinical sciences.

Requirements: Faculty must be full-time faculty in the College of Veterinary medicine– there is a limit of one application per faculty. To be considered eligible to participate, students must be full-time first or second year CVM students in good academic standing. The student would agree to participate in the Veterinary Summer Research Program, at minimum, as a part-time student research scholar and present a poster of their research at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS) that year.

CVM Student Research Grant Call
CVM Student Research Grant Application Form
Research Proposal Form
Small Grants Rubric


CVM Clinical Partnership Matching Grants Program

Established 2013
Purpose: In order to foster Clinical Collaborative Research within the CVM and with preceptors and clinical practices, the CVM Office For Research has created the Clinical Partnership Matching Grant Program. This program is designed to assist CVM faculty members in pursuing and supporting collaborative projects with CVM Preceptors and, or other clinics and clinicians. They may also be used to support the research mentoring of interns and, or residents in practice.

Requirements: PI must be full-time CVM faculty and hold a research FTE of at least 20%; Project must have clinical impact; collaborations with CVM Preceptors are preferred, but other partners are considered; budget must be cost-matched by clinical partner or other sources.

CVM Clinical Partnering Matching Grant


CVM Intramural Competitive Small Grant Proposals

Established 2016
Purpose: To support short-term, hypothesis-driven research proposals focusing on research relevant to relevant to the veterinary or biomedical field. The goal of this grant is to support research that will lead the applicants to further their research through extramural funding.

Requirements: These funds are considered CVM-intramural funds and align with previous policies regarding such awards: faculty members applying as PI must hold 100% FTE position in CVM and be engaged in research (defined as allocated research FTE ≥ 20%). Each faculty member may only submit one application as PI for this mechanism; award must be used within 24 months and submission of an extramural grant within 12 months thereafter.

The 2021 deadline for proposal submissions for this opportunity is March 1, 2021

CVM Intramural Competitive Small Grant Call
CVM Intramural Competitive Small Grant Rubric
CVM Intramural Competitive Small Grant Application


CVM Student and Research Trainee Travel Support: Presenting Research Abstracts At Scientific Meetings

Established 2014
Purpose: This program supports CVM and post-doc/graduate students presenting the results of their original research at national or international scientific meetings. Travel support up to $1000 will be allocated from the CVM Office For Research per eligible student with successful application.

Requirements: CVM students must be enrolled in the CVM curriculum (Year 1 to 4) at the time of presentation; post-doc and graduate students must be enrolled in a formal graduate program at time of presentation; students must have been primarily involved in the project (including data collection and analysis) during their curriculum; the primary mentor of the student must be a current CVM faculty.

CVM Student Travel Support Program


Research Assistant Support: CVM Faculty Research Assistant support

Established 2017
Purpose: The first objective of these positions is to complement the technical support of research performed by CVM faculty engaged in research, and expand options for long-term support of these activities. The second objective is to expand the engagement of CVM in graduate programs, and opportunities for graduate students to be involved in research within our college. It is expected that Research Assistants in this program will concurrently pursue their own research training in the PI’s lab.

Requirements: Mentor / PI: These funds are considered CVM-intramural funds and align with previous policies regarding such awards: faculty members applying as PI must hold a tenure or tenure-track 100% FTE position in CVM, with allocated research FTE exceeding 20%. The PI must have laboratory space in HEC or RWC, as well as funding to cover research consumables and supplies. Each faculty may only submit 1 application/year. Trainee: Preference will be given to graduate students mentored by the CVM faculty requesting the position. Fellows and post-docs may also be considered. Minimum qualifications include a BS in a relevant field.

Research Assistant Call


CVM Student Support: Summer Internships and Externship at NIH

Established 2014
Purpose: This program supports CVM students selected for Summer Internships and Externships at the NIH. Eligible students will receive up $1,000 from the CVM Office For Research to offset travel / living expenses (in addition to the stipend received from NIH).

Requirements: Students must: be enrolled in the CVM (Year 1 to 4) at the time of presentation; have been primarily involved in the project (including data collection and analysis) during their veterinary curriculum; have worked on the project during their matriculation at CVM. Funds will be provided upon successful completion of the NIH program and presentation of data at the NIH student symposium. Recipients should submit their request, along with a copy of their letter of acceptance to CVM Research (, as early as possible after notification.

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program Website

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research For Veterinary Medical Students Website

Past Summer Internship Alumni Experience Website

Summer Internship Program In Biomedical Research Application Page 


Section 1433 of NARETPA, Animal Health & Disease Research

Established 2013
Purpose: The scope of the research which may be conducted with Section 1433 funds is quite broad. I t includes research: to promote the general welfare through improved health and productivity of domestic livestock, poultry. aquatic animals, and other income-producing animals which are essential to the nation’s food supply and the welfare of producers and consumers of animal products; to improve the health of horses; to facilitate the effective treatment of, and where possible, prevent, diseases in both domesticated and wild species which, if not controlled, would be disastrous to the United States animal industries and endanger the Nation’s food supply; to minimize livestock and poultry losses due to transportation and handling; to protect human health through control of animal diseases transmissible to humans; to improve methods of controlling reproduction of predators and other animals; to promote the general welfare through expanded programs of research and extension to improve animal health; in basic and applied studies on infectious and noninfectious agents which impair the normal state of the animal body and/or that affect the performance of vital functions; to monitor the suitability of animals and animal products for human use.

Requirements: These funds are considered CVM-intramural funds and align with previous policies regarding such awards: faculty members applying as PI must hold a tenure or tenure-track 100% FTE position in CVM with allocated research FTE.

Note: There is a yearly call for letters of intent due August 1. A call for proposals, based on interest, is sent out later in the Fall.

CVM Sec 1433 Formula Funds Call for Proposals.
CVM Sec 1433 Formula Funds Rubric
CVM Sec 1433 Formula Proposals Format


Additional Funding is also available on Campus, for more information please contact the Office of Vice President for Research and Biotechnology