Grant Applications

Included on this page:

  • Grant Review Procedures
  • Guidelines for Educational Proposals
  • Guidelines for Scientific Proposals


JUNE, 2005

The English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (ESSFTA) Foundation was established in 1995 as a non-profit charitable corporation.  The mission of the Foundation is:

  1. To foster and promote the public’s knowledge and appreciation of dogs in general and English Springer Spaniels in particular.
  2. To further understanding of the diseases, genetic anomalies and injuries which affect dogs in general and English Springer Spaniels in particular
  3. To support and promote study of and research on the character, uses, history, genetics, breeding and related characteristics which establish the English Springer Spaniel as a distinct breed of dog.
  4. To establish and maintain databases in support of the charitable, educational and research efforts promoted by this organization.
  5. To develop information and make it available to the general public, English Springer Spaniel breeders, veterinarians and other dog care/training professionals, exhibitors and owners. Developed information should include, but not be limited to, the proper care, treatment, breeding, health characteristics, physical development and appropriate behavioral training of English Springer Spaniels.

Providing financial support for education and research involving English Springer Spaniels in particular and dogs in general is one of the Foundation’s major purposes.  Financial support is awarded in the form of grants to individuals, groups and institutions to fund projects that fulfill the Foundation’s mission after a formal application and review process that is outlined in this document.

The ESSFTA Foundation encourages potential grantees to first apply to major foundations sponsoring canine research such as the Morris Animal Foundation or the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, then, following approval of a grant, to then apply to the ESSFTA Foundation for matching or partially matching funds or for project support through other ESSFTA resources, such as the English Springer Spaniel DNA Bank or ESSFTA Foundation encouragement of the grantee’s access to English Springer Spaniels owned by members of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, the Parent Club of the breed. Projects may also be submitted directly to the

ESSFTA Foundation and will be reviewed using the ESSFTA Foundation’s review process. Proposals may include research and education projects or other areas suggested by the ESSFTA Foundation’s mission, such as the establishment of databases or archival projects.

Projects given primary approval from other sources and approved for either matching funds, partially matching funds or the encouragement of breed support will receive research oversight from the primary granting institution with progress reports given at regular intervals for review by the ESSFTA Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Projects given primary approval by the ESSFTA Foundation will be administered under the oversight of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.


Proposals are classified as educational when they do not involve scientific research.  Examples would include database establishment and management projects including Parent Club health surveys and genetic registries, archival projects, publications, educational seminars and other non-scientific projects that fulfill the mission of the Foundation.  Although most of the proposals for educational grants will come from within the Springer fancy, qualified proposals from outside the Parent Club are also encouraged.

Individuals, groups or organizations will submit a written proposal for their project to the Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation will provide a copy of the Grant Review and Award Policies document to assist them in preparing their proposals.

Proposals for educational and non-scientific projects will include:  title of the project; amount requested; detailed budget, project description (including a succinct project plan, timetable and purpose); the name, address and phone number of the primary author of the proposal; and a brief description of the importance of the proposed project and relevance to the Foundation’s mission.

The complete Board of Directors of the Foundation will review and award educational proposals. Criteria that will be considered in evaluating proposed educational programs will include: project soundness, relevancy to the advancing the mission of the Foundation, cost-benefit and credibility of the applicant.  A formal letter will inform the submitter of the proposal of the Board’s decision.  If a grant is approved, the terms of the grant agreement may be detailed in the award letter or, if the terms are involved and detailed, in a separate document outlining the terms of agreement.  Grantees will, at minimum, be required to file quarterly follow-up reports on their project and to provide copies of any publications that result from Foundation funding.


Lawrence T. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Vice President for Science & Research
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation
PO Box 219
Seal Rock, OR 97376-0219

Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledging receipt of application.

Please note that all proposals except those submitted for expedited review as noted below must be mailed; faxed copies and emailed copies will not be accepted.


Proposals requesting funding for scientific research are processed on a case-by-case basis through a flexible review system that is directed by the Foundation Board.  Proposals are either made directly to the Foundation by the principal investigator or in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP). RFPs will generally be made by other Foundations such as the Morris Animal Foundation or the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation at the request of the ESSFTA Foundation.

Applications for funding made directly to the ESSFTA Foundation for primary funding will be in a standard format using the following outline:

Page 1

  • Title of Proposed Study (must be different from ongoing or pending research)
  • Name of Principal Investigator
  • Phone, Fax and Email
  • Institution
  • Research Unit
  • Address
  • Requested Direct Costs Per Year (The Foundation does not fund salaries of investigators nor equipment purchases)
  • Requested Indirect Costs Per year (Not to exceed eight percent [8%] of total direct costs)
  • Other Current Funding Sources/Other Possible Funding Sources
  • Summary of Research in 200 Words or Less

Pages 2-8

  • Significance of Research
  • Background of Research and Preliminary Work
  • Specific Objectives: must be clearly stated and must be different from ongoing or pending research.  Specific Objectives are to be performed within the grant application period; future research beyond this grant period may be described as long-term goals.
  • Brief Description of Research Design and Methods Related to Specific Objectives
  • Expected Outcomes/Potential Application(s) to English Springer Spaniels or to all dogs
  • Anticipated Problems or Obstacles
  • References, Including Relevant Publications of the Principal Investigator/Coinvestigators
  • Detailed Budget Estimates for Each Year: The budget should include any costs (in totality) to dog owners participating in the research
  • Project Timeline that identifies intermediate project milestones with planned dates for milestone completion

Six (6) hard copies and one electronic copy (floppy disk or cd) must be submitted to the Foundation. The electronic copy MUST be submitted as a pdf or word file.


Proposals for which no funding is required and/or which have already been peer reviewed and funded by other granting bodies but which need Foundation support such as Foundation encouraged access to Springers owned by members of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association or access to the ESS DNA Bank may be submitted to the Foundation for expedited review.  For expedited review, a detailed project summary should be mailed to the address below. This summary should include the name of the funding body, a statement that the project has been peer reviewed and details as to exactly what kind of support will be needed from the Foundation.  A copy of the original grant application should be attached.  The Board of Directors of the Foundation will consider the request at their next scheduled meeting or by special vote.  The Board may, at its discretion, refer the request to the Parent Club’s Genetics and Health Committee, the Foundation Council of Scientific Advisors or both for their recommendations.

Proposals for expedited review may by e-mailed to An electronic copy (floppy disk or CD) must be mailed to the address below.


Lawrence T. Schwartz. Ph.D.
Vice President for Science & Research
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation
PO Box 219
Seal Rock, OR 97376-A219

Please note that all proposals except for those submitted for expedited review as noted above must be mailed; faxed copies and emailed copies will not be accepted.

All scientific projects submitted to the ESSFTA Foundation for primary funding will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Council of Scientific Advisors and by the Parent Club’s Genetics and Health Committee.  The Foundation’s Board of Directors will make final decisions at a regularly scheduled Board meeting based upon the recommendations of these two groups.  Those projects already approved for primary funding by another Foundation or institution may be submitted for expedited review, as described above.  The criteria used for evaluating submitted projects will include scientific soundness, relevancy, cost benefit, humane treatment of animals and credibility of researcher(s).


Given our present state of knowledge with much behavioral data but little genetic data on canine temperament, the Foundation’s priorities will be directed toward a genetic and phenomic visualization of canine aggression, irrespective of breed.

The Foundation’s goal will be to facilitate a process whereby general genetic factors will emerge regarding aggression across breeds.  These factors can be refined later to more specific genetic factors, which may apply to breeds which present most or least highly for aggression as determined by reliable databases developed though well-designed epidemiological studies.

The Foundation believes that a context broader than one single factor, such as genetics, is needed in the study of a multivariate concept, such as canine temperament.  Studies of canine personality in general, both genotypic and phenotypic, and, if appropriate, Springer personality, may be favorably considered.  Such studies should avoid a negative approach and potential unintended consequences for participating breeds, breeders and breed organizations.


Submission of a proposal is the first step in the approval process.  Approval of a proposal will be by the Foundation Board of Directors following review recommendations given according to the processes stated in this document.  Favorable or unfavorable reviews do not necessarily lead to approval or disapproval by the Board of Directors.