Apply for a research grant

The Centre for Service and Working Dog Health and Research has a strong interest in encouraging and supporting relevant research. We have funds available for small projects and invite applications for funding. We will fund proposals from applicants both from within Massey University, and outside researchers and veterinarians.

Receiving a grant from the Centre is a competitive process, and the success of a given application depends on the amount of available funding, and the quality of the application. The funding committee are not required to fund all applications, and it is better to provide significant funding for a smaller number of projects, rather than to provide a small amount of funding to all proposed projects.

 Applications will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Quality.  The quality of the science and the appropriateness of the method are paramount.
  • Relevance.The research will focus on an area of veterinary science relating to working and service dogs, namely:

a.  Working farm dogs
b.  Police dogs
c.  Guide dogs
d.  Tracking and scent dogs
e.  Other handicap-assistance dogs
f.  Sporting hunting dogs


It is recommended that applicants who are not board members of the Working Dog Centre consult a board member prior to submission of applications.  You can ask the board member to act in an advisor or guardian role, or be recruited as a research collaborator.  The aim of seeking assistance is to:

  • Ensure that the project aligns with the research objectives of the WDC
  • Improve the quality of submissions where needed
  • Ultimately to maximise the chance of successful funding


The application form and further details can be downloaded here .

Download application

The deadline for 2017 applications has passed.


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Nick Cave 
Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine & Nutrition 
+61 6 350 5329

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