Maddie's Idea Lab Basic Research Grants

Maddie's® Idea Lab Basic Research projects fund research that builds upon our scientific knowledge base. While basic research is usually purely theoretical, these grants fund projects that answer 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 Research Grants.

We are not currently accepting any Maddie's Idea Lab inquiries or applications.

Who Should Apply?

Research scientists who are associated with a university, college, government agency, or 501(c)3 non-profit can apply for this grant.

How Does it Work?

Fill out the Inquiry Form (see "How Do I Apply for a Grant” below) and submit it to us. We'll let you know whether it's a research project that we might consider funding. Let us know if you need a shelter/rescue group for your research 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 research 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?

Before you apply, review the Maddie’s Fund Grant Requirements and ensure you meet these requirements.

Complete and submit to us the Inquiry form through the Maddie’s Fund Grants Portal. If this is your first time accessing our Grants Portal, you’ll need to create an account by following the instructions on the log in page.

After we review your inquiry, we’ll let you know whether it’s a project that we might consider funding. If invited to proceed in the application process, you’ll be sent a link to the full application. 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.

You can download sample Inquiry forms and Applications in the Related Links box on the right and prepare your responses to the questions. These sample applications are provided for reference only and questions are subject to change. To apply for a Maddie’s® Idea Lab research grant, you will need to apply through the Maddie’s Fund Grants Portal.

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.