Basic Research Grants

Maddie's® Idea Lab projects fund basic research that builds upon our scientific knowledge base. While basic research is usually purely theoretical, these grants fund projects that answer basic questions, but also have practical applications. These projects usually don't advance through phases of evaluation as described in Maddie's® Idea Lab Phase 1 - 4 Grants.

Application Period

  • April 17, 2018 to July 16, 2018


Who Should Apply?

Research scientists who are associated with a University, College or 501(c)3 non-profit can apply for this grant.

How Does it Work?

Fill out the Pre-Application Inquiry Form and submit it to We'll let you know whether it's a project that we might consider funding. Let us know if you need a research scientist or a shelter/rescue group for your project; we may be able to connect you with someone who will be excited about your idea. Then, if invited, submit your completed application by the deadline for our review.

How Much Money Should I Apply For?

Apply for what you need to complete the project. The amount awarded for Basic Research Grants usually ranges up to $50,000. Grants above $50,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How Do I Apply for a Grant?

Email your Pre-Application Inquiry Form to Then, if invited, submit a completed application to Grant applications are reviewed quarterly, and are due by January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 (or the first business day thereafter if the 15th falls on a weekend). Note that if you submit an application before the deadline, it will not be reviewed until after the deadline date.

Grant recipients will be asked to honor Maddie, the little dog who inspired a movement, through their social media and donor recognition about this grant on their website, donor wall, annual report, newsletter or other promotional materials or marketing communications, as appropriate.


  1. Maddie's Fund awarded a grant to Dr. Cynda Crawford at the University of Florida and Austin Pet's Alive! to look at how long puppies shed parvovirus in their poop, after the time of diagnosis. This study answers a basic question – how long puppies shed parvovirus.The results of this study will help shelters and rescue groups to make decisions about how long they need to quarantine puppies, after they've recovered from illness. So, while this study answers a basic science question, the results have potential broad application.
  2. Maddie's Fund awarded a grant to Dr. Steven Rogelberg at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to identify reasons for and solutions to foster caregiver turnover and burnout. This study also answers a basic question. The results of this study will help shelters and rescue groups to improve their programs so that they maximize success.