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Research Grants

The World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (WATCVM) accepts research grant applications related to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) each spring. To be considered for funding, the research proposal, besides following the outline below, should illustrate that the applicant understands the problem, proposes a logical TCVM solution, and designs a scientifically sound method for evaluation of the proposed solution. The number of awards each year will depend on the fund availability. Proposals must be received by June 1 of the current year and will be reviewed by the WATCVM Research Committee, but the committee may request an external review or consultation by an expert regarding specific issues in the proposal. Completed proposals should be submitted to Administrative Coordinator/Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The results of the Research Committee evaluation will be sent to the investigator by July 1 of the current year, and funding will be available to grantees by July 31 of the current year. Approval obtained for animal care and use may be pending at the time of submission, but approval is necessary before using the funds.

The proposal guidelines must be followed during the preparation and submission of the application. Applications that fail to follow the guidelines, including formatting instructions, will not be reviewed. The received applications in this cycle will be evaluated, scored, and ranked by the committee and funding decisions will be made based on the rank order. A composite critique will be provided for each application.

Note: Application process is subject to change. Research grant awards are subject to change based on available funding.


Research Proposal Guidelines


  1. Title page
    1. Title of the proposed study
    2. Principal and Co-investigators/Collaborators (name, position/title, institution/organization/hospital, email, and mailing address)
    3. Amount requested (in US Dollar)
  1. Body of Proposal (6 pages maximum)
    1. Objectives and Hypotheses
      • State overall goal(s) of research, and specific aims and hypotheses of the study proposed.
    2. Background and Significance
      • Include a brief literature review of the importance of the problem and what significant research has been previously published by the investigator and others; references must be listed numerically as a superscript number at the end of the appropriate sentence after the period.
      • Describe the significance/importance of this study, scientifically and/or clinically.
      • If applicable, how project integrates with but is distinct from an ongoing or larger project
      • If available, present preliminary data that support the rationale of the study hypotheses.
    3. Experimental plan
      • Materials and Methods
        • Experimental design, e.g. prospective randomized clinical controlled trial, cross-over design, retrospective study
        • Describe study subjects, including recruitment method and inclusion/exclusion criteria.
        • Experimental group designations, if applicable, including randomization method, e.g. random number generator
        • Detailed description of experimental procedure, outcome parameter(s) and data collection
        • Description of the statistical analysis, including sample size justification and power analysis
      • Anticipated pitfalls and limitations
      • Proposed timeline for completion of study
  • References
    1. References (1-page maximum) should be listed in the order they appear in the text using the following format: 
      • Journal Article:Xie H, Collahan P, Ott E. Evaluation of electroacupuncture treatment of horses with signs of chronic thoracolumbar pain. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2005; 227:281-286.
      • Book:Schwartz C. Four Paws Five Directions. Berkley, CA: Celestial Arts 1996:35-39,1-3,15.
      • Book Chapter:Schoen A. Acupuncture for musculoskeletal disorders. Veterinary Acupuncture 2nd Ed, Schoen A (ed). St Louis, Mo: Mosby 2001:161-165.
  1. Detailed Budget and Justification
    1. Must clearly indicate how expenditures will be used to accomplish specific objectives, i.e. give description of what is included in each budget category and itemize costs. Special attention will be given to the appropriateness of the budget. Please note that these funds cannot be used to pay salary, or be used for travel costs
    2. Disclosure of the source and amount of any other funds to support this research
  1. Biographical Sketch
    1. A biographical sketch (2-page maximum each) must be submitted for all investigators using the NIH format (appendix A;
  1. Consent Forms and Questionnaires
    1. If applicable, studies requiring client consent or questionnaires must include the proposed consent form and questionnaires as examples
  • Progress Report
    1. Funded investigators must submit a progress report (appendix B) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. every 6 months following the receipt of the first installment of the grant award until the final project report is submitted. Failure to submit progress/final reports can result in the suspension of a scheduled payment and any possible future funding
    2. The progress/final report must summarize progress/final outcome in data collection and describe fund utilization to that point. If progress is inadequate, a revised timeline should be included. The PI is responsible for obtaining account ledgers to assure proper and timely utilization of funds. Progress reports must use the report outline provided by the WATCVM (appendix B)
  1. Proposal Format
    1. Pages should be single-spaced and typewritten, 10 characters per inch (12-point print), with 1" margins. Please submit a pdf document of the proposal and the supporting documents

Direct any communication to Administrative Coordinator/Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 1 of the current year.

Appendix A



eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login):


EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Add/delete rows as necessary.)


(if applicable)

Completion Date



NOTE: The Biographical Sketch may not exceed 2 pages. Follow the formats and instructions below.

  1. Personal Statement

Briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly well-suited for your role (e.g., PD/PI, mentor, participating faculty) in the project that is the subject of the application.  Within this section you may, if you choose, briefly describe factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service that may have affected your scientific advancement or productivity.

  1. Positions and Honors

List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

  1. Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
  2. Research Support

List all ongoing and completed research funding for the past three years.  Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch.

Appendix B


Research Progress Report

** MUST BE SUBMITTED EVERY 6 MONTHS TO  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. **

  1. Type of Progress Report
  • Is this a final progress report?

      Yes                  No (if no, this is considered a 6-month progress report)

  1. Primary Investigator

P.I. Name





  1. Project Details

Project Title


Funding Year

  1. Research Progress

4.1  Describe the aims of your research project as outlined in your application

4.2  Describe your progress to date including achievements and any obstacles

4.3  Outline the direction of your research over the next six months if your project is continuing

4.4  Comment on whether you are on target to complete your project

(If you are not on target or need a time extension, please provide explanatory comments in this section)

4.5  If this is your final report, please describe your findings and conclusions

4.6  Have (or will) the outcomes of this project provided a platform for further research or research funding applications? If yes, please provide details

  1. Publications
  • Have the results of this project been published? Yes              No    

            If yes, please list the publications below and provide a link to the electronic versions:

  1. Dissemination of results
  • Have the results of this project been presented:               Yes              No   

            If yes, please give details including whether they were abstracts, presentations (poster or podium), manuscripts, and the forum at which they were presented, i.e. conference meeting, guest lecture, news segment, newspaper article etc.

  1. Grant funding budget report
  • Total grant funds awarded: $
  • Grant funds expended to date: $
  • Grant funds remaining to be expended: $

Have there been any circumstances that resulted in funds being unspent? If yes, please provide details:

Primary investigators, by signing here you agree that the information provided in this report is accurate.

PI signature:

PI name:

Date of signature: