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APPLICATION DEADLINE:  5:00 PM, February 6, 2015

Purpose of the Competition

The competitive grants program supported by Merial will provide stipend support ($5,000) for 8 or more veterinary students who will conduct research in a UF faculty members laboratory during the summer of 2015. To learn more about potential mentors, their research interests and individual web pages click


First year UFCVM students are eligible to apply. In addition, we welcome applications from non-Florida veterinary students. All students must be present at UF to work in a UF faculty member’s laboratory for the period May 18, 2015 – July 24, 2015. Any UF faculty member may serve as the student’s faculty mentor. Students must prepare and submit a formal application, which takes the form of a mini-grant proposal, in collaboration with their proposed faculty mentor. A sample application is available here.


Members of the College of Veterinary Medicine Merial Director’s Committee will review the applications. Applications are assigned to two reviewers, who will review the application, and each application will be discussed by the entire committee. When necessary, additional expertise will be sought from consultants drawn from other areas. The committee will review the application in conjunction with assessment of the student’s current GPA (applications from students on academic probation are not acceptable) , the strength of the faculty sponsor’s ongoing research program, and the success of the sponsor’s past recipients in completing the individualized investigation course. All committee members in attendance during the discussion of individual proposals assign priority scores of 1 to 9 (1 is best) to each proposal and support will be awarded based on these scores and funding available for specific areas of research combined with faculty match funds (if available).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow the application guidelines. It is difficult to evaluate applications that do not state hypotheses or when relevant details of experimental design, methods of statistical analysis, and budget justifications have been omitted. Applicants are encouraged to consult with other senior scientists in preparing their proposal and when necessary with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies regarding the guidelines.

The following criteria will be considered in the scientific evaluation and initial priority scoring of proposals by the review committee:

  • Significance of the problem to be explored and relevance to the objectives of this grant program.
  • Prospect that the research will provide definitive answers to the hypotheses that would be tested and generate the desired learning outcomes.
  • Strength of the experimental/training approach and the basis for evaluating results.
  • Whether the proposed investigation/training is realistic within the time constraints of this program.
  • Qualifications of the faculty mentors to supervise the proposed work.
  • Applicant’s current GPA (please include in cover letter)


Clear and concise statements are recommended. Applicants should pay particular attention to the completeness of their descriptions of specific aims, significance of the proposed activity, review of pertinent background literature, approach, methodologies, and data analysis/outcomes assessment. Do not assume that the reviewer will fill in missing details. Address any potential problems and pitfalls that may be encountered in the performance of your plan and how you will deal with them. A well-organized proposal is much easier to review and more likely to convey a well thought-out plan.

All proposals require

  1. Completion of the CVM Summer Research Training Grant Award Competition cover sheets, and necessary attachment pages.
  2. A current vitae for all applicants also must be submitted. Please submit an abridged vitae (4 page limit, preferably in the NIH biosketch format – see the sample biosketch).
  3. If your proposal involves vertebrate animal use, you need to obtain approval from the appropriate Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). A copy of the animal use approval (or application) should be appended to the proposal along with copies of any permits (or permit applications) required for work with federally or state protected species.

Follow the checklist in the back of your application package to avoid the omission of needed forms and documentation.

Optional supporting documentation, such as preprints or reprints, may be submitted as an appendix to the proposal.

Applicants should prepare their proposals as follows:

  • Hypothesis
  • Specific aims (not to exceed 1 page, single-space).
  • Summary review of pertinent background literature (not to exceed 2 pages, single space).
  • Objectives, experimental approach, and analysis (not to exceed 2 pages, single-space).
  • References with citation of authors, titles, journal and dates (not to exceed 2 pages).

Proposals are accepted only by electronic submission. For application submission instructions see this memorandum and your application forms package. All proposals must be received by 5:00 pm, February 6, 2015. Proposals received after the deadline will be not be reviewed.

Please be careful to follow the guidelines and submit a complete application in the requested file formats. Incomplete applications or applications in an unsupported file format may, at the discretion of the review committee, be eliminated from consideration entirely or awarded a reduced priority score. At best, incomplete applications will be less competitive due to the missing information.

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