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Guidelines to Submit Research Proposals.

The American Heartworm Society is interested in funding heartworm research focusing on, but not limited to, the following subject areas:

  1. Resistance of Dirofilaria immitis to macrocyclic lactones
  2. Role of immunity in heartworm infection and disease
  3. Improved heartworm testing methodology for both canine and feline
  4. Innovative models for the study of Dirofilaria immitis
  5. Treatment of adult heartworm infections in cats.

Preference will be given to proposals that are considered unlikely to be funded through other channels.

All proposals must be prepared using a sans sarif font of size 11 or larger, single-spaced with minimum 1-inch top, bottom, and side margins. Proposals must not exceed the indicated page limitations and should closely follow the format outlined below. Award amounts will range from $10,000 to $50,000 (US), based on size and scope of project.

Title Page – limit 1 page. Include the project title, principal investigator's name and contact information, amount requested, dates of the proposed project, and date submitted

Abstract – limit 1 page. Provide a brief, 300-word description of the proposed research

Research Plan – limit 5 pages. Include the following:

  • Background and significance of the research
  • Purpose/specific aims/hypothesis(es)
  • Experimental design and methods
  • Data analyses that critically addresses the proposed hypothesis(es)
  • Expected results and outcome(s)

References – limit 1 page. List important and/or relevant literature cited in the proposal

Detailed Budget Justification – limit 1 page. Identify all costs that are necessary and reasonable to accomplish the proposed research, and justify all costs with a brief description. The following budget items are not allowed: travel, publication costs, and salary for faculty and staff; tuition, fees, and benefits for students; indirect costs. Student salary is allowed and may comprise up to 25% of the budget.

Personnel – limit ½ page. List all personnel and explain their role on the proposed project

Timeline – limit ½ page. Provide a timeline denoting keys dates and activities necessary to complete the research. A maximum of 12 months is allowed for each research project

Final Report – due within the 6 months of the termination date of an award. This report should include dates in which the project was active, total amount of funding, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussions, and any outcomes (e.g., publications, external grants submitted, and presentations).

Submit proposals – as a single, collated pdf file via email to


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