The AFSCAN Research Award

This gives people working at an African Veterinary School or private practice in an AFSCAN- participating country [Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia] the opportunity to secure a grant to fund a clinical research project of their own devising. The project should seek to answer a specific question related to disease or the welfare of companion animals in Africa, ideally from a One Health perspective, and would be carried out in laboratories within veterinary schools and/or private practices. Through this application, AFSCAN aims to foster research collaboration with research laboratories outside of Africa working in a similar field so
applicants may nominate proposed partner laboratories as part of the application process.

In 2022 AFSCAN offers funding to a maximum of US$10,000 for each successful project.

All applications will be considered through a formal peer-review process undertaken by the WSAVA Scientific Committee and Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee, with potential projects reviewed
for scientific novelty and validity, ethical basis and relevance to the African situation. The final decision will made by the AFSCAN Board.

Each application must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the Head of the Department (for applicants working at Veterinary Schools) or Chief of the Laboratory (for applicants working at private practices) and from a Board Member of the Small Animal National Association.

Completed applications must be submitted by e-mail ( with the subject of the message clearly indicating ‘AFSCAN Research Proposal’. The review and decision
process will take approximately three months, after which, successful applicants will be informed.

Applications are now open and the closing date is 30th September 2022

More information on the AFSCAN initiative is available here.

AFSCAN Research Awards Terms and conditions 2022
AFSCAN-Research-Awards-Application-Form 2022

Guide to Research Projects and Grant Writing

Research Publications arising from AFSCAN Awards

AFSCAN Research Awards Studenthships and Scholarships Summary



Investigator Institution Project Year of Award
Temidayo Omobowale University of Ibadan, Nigeria CPV-2 in Nigeria 2016
Abdul Katakweba Sokoine University, Tanzania Leptospirosis in Tanzania 2016
Hezron Nonga Morogoro, Tanzania Parasitic Zoonoses in Dogs 2017
Olusegan Fagbohun University of Ibidan, Nigeria Rabies in Nigeria 2017
Willy Mwangi University of Nairobi, Kenya Giardia in shelter and client owned dogs in Nairobi 2018
AB Ayinmode University of Ibadan, Nigeria Prevalence and genetic characterization of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in dogs and cats in SW Nigeria 2018


Said Majid Khadija Sokoine University, Tanzania CPV infection in dogs in Tanzania 2019
Bernard Agwai Makerere University, Uganda Leptospirosis in dogs in Uganda 2019