The Institute continued to excel at raising research funds from a variety of granting agencies this past year. Nevertheless, nearly three quarters of all sponsored grant dollars received in fiscal year 2017 came from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH research funding is becoming increasingly competitive each day, with the percentage of funded grants dropping by almost half in the last 40 years. NIH funding has also moved sharply away from any research on companion animals. Nonetheless, we are proud to have reaffirmed our standing in this extremely competitive environment by securing three new NIH grants this year.

The challenges posed by the NIH’s restricted funding is being overcome by identifying, and applying to, a variety of funding sources. We are fortunate to have entrusted funds from our generous supporters. We also have consistently succeeded in earning funding from state agencies, nonprofit foundations, corporations, and internal competitions. This year, approximately a quarter of all sponsored grant dollars came from such entities. As the grants from these institutions are smaller than those from the NIH, however, raising this funding requires submitting numerous applications (61% of Institute grants are from such agencies). Our relationships with these funding sources are becoming increasingly more important and demand significantly greater effort and resources, beyond those already dedicated to raising NIH and similar funding.

To secure the financial resources needed to accomplish our mission, we will continue on our path of obtaining research funds from the NIH and a multitude of other sources. Should you wish to help us accomplish our mission, please consider making an unrestricted donation today.


Douglas F. Antczak

Zweig Memorial Fund
Functional Gene Annotation in the Horse

Zweig Memorial Fund
Cellular Immunity to Equine Herpesvirus Type 1

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation
Cytotoxic T-Cell Immunity to Equine Herpesvirus Type 1


Charles G. Danko

Genentech, Inc.
Understanding Resistance to Endocrine Agents in Breast Cancer Cells

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)
Mapping RNA Polymerase in Tissue Samples with ChRO-seq


Vicki N. Meyers-Wallen

Cornell University
Identifying the Molecular Basis of Canine Genetic Disorders and Developing Preventative Therapies


John S. L. Parker

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)
Graduate Training Program in Comparative Medicine

Cornell Feline Health Center
Development of Feline Monoclonal Antibodies for Use as Therapeutic and Diagnostic Tools

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)
Mechanisms of Virus-Mediated Compartmentalization of the Host Translational Machinery

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Becoming Faculty Workshop at the NIH-Merial Veterinary Scholars Conference


Colin R. Parrish

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)/University of Southern California, San Diego
Sialoglycan-Recognizing Probes for Defining Sialoglycomes in Biological Systems

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)
Structural Controls of Functional Receptor and Antibody Binding to Viral Capsids

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)
The Evolutionary and Biological Bases of Host Switching in Viruses

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)/Mount Sinai School of Medicine
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance


Elia Tait Wojno

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)
Prostaglandin Regulation of Type 2 Inflammation

President’s Council of Cornell Women
Regulation of Immune Response During Parasitic Worm Infection

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Research Grants Program in Animal Health
Immune Mechanisms of Allergic Inflammation in Dogs


Alexander J. Travis

NIH (Department of Health & Human Services)
Generating Transgenic Mice with Genetically Encoded Calcium Sensors Expressed in Sperm


Gerlinde R. Van de Walle

NIFA Federal Capacity Funds (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
The Bovine Mammary Stem Cell Secretome: A Novel Approach to Treat Mastitis

Rockefeller University
Characterization of Recently Discovered Liver-Tropic Viruses in Horses

President’s Council of Cornell Women
Establishment of Xenograft Models of Mammary Cancer to Evaluate the Potential of Epigenetic Drugs in Veterinary Oncology

Zweig Memorial Fund
Microencapsulated Stem Cells to Promote Wound Healing

Cornell Feline Health Center
The Use of Povidone-Iodine Ophthalmic Compositions as a Broad-Spectrum Therapy for Ocular Infections in Cats