The AFSCAN Research Award

This gives people working at an AfricanVeterinary School or private practice in an AFSCAN-participating country [Burundi, Ethiopia, 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. It 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 2024, 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,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), from a Board Member of the Small Animal National Association and a letter of support from the respective AFSCAN Ambassador.

If a granted project remains unpublished or is not presented at a conference within two years following the submission of the final report, or if the project remains unfinished, the country may be disqualified from applying for future grants for a period of three years. However, the country may be precluded from seeking additional grants if the situation re-occurs.


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

Applications open on August 1st, and the closing date is September30th, 2024.


More information on the AFSCAN initiative is available here.

AFSCAN Research Awards Terms and conditions 2024
AFSCAN-Research-Awards-Application-Form 2024
Guide to Research Projects and Grant Writing