Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program at UCLA Law

UCLA Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program Goals

The UCLA ALP Program has two goals:

Fostering sound empirical - quantitative or qualitative - knowledge related to human uses of animals, alternatives to uses of animals, and humans' relationship to animals, which animal law and policy academics and practitioners could use to develop animal law and policy reform applications.

Supporting empirical research that enables animal law and policy academics and practitioners to develop increasingly more sophisticated understandings of the impact of public policies and laws that affect animals directly or indirectly.


Advanced-level graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Established scholars interested in expanding their non-legal research agenda to include topics related to the UCLA ALP Program's goals are also welcome. The UCLA ALP Program will not accept applications for support of any type of research on animals or applications from applicants based in foreign countries. Applicants must be affiliated with an accredited academic institution of higher learning. Grant recipients must be affiliated with such an academic institution at the time of receipt of funds and throughout the funded research period.

Sample Topic Areas

  • Economic constraints on agricultural producers’ attempts to shift from animal-based agriculture to non-animal-based agriculture
  • Economic analysis of alternative consumer products to function where animal products currently exist
  • Demographics and socio-economic characteristics of people who interact with animals in various capacities, such as animal shelter workers, veterinarians, employees in animal agricultural operations, and animal trainers
  • Socio-economic barriers to adoption of animal-derivative-free clothing, entertainment, and diets, both as to affluent and non-affluent consumers
  • Adoption of newly engineered technologies that could reduce animal use, such as virtual reality and alternatives to animal product consumption
  • Whether and to what extent various forms of participation in activities (such as campaigning for ballot initiatives, lobbying, and supporting litigation) aimed at legal change result in social and behavioral changes
  • Economic analysis of various types of corporate ownership and uses of animals
  • Characteristics of households containing nonhuman family members, including likelihood of relinquishment to shelters or abandonment
  • Public health issues pertaining to animals and/or consumption of animal products in populations associated with greater animal product consumption
  • Wildlife-human co-existence
  • Consumer choices among animal-derived and non-animal-derived consumption products
  • Use, impact, and evaluation of laws pertaining to animals on the animals themselves  
  • Analysis of public opinion data regarding animals in various settings, such as zoos, research facilities, farms, and human entertainment
  • Innovative policy interventions for the purpose of increasing the protection of animals
  • Social science research on public receptivity to ideological and behavioral principles of increasing the protection of animals

Other topics are welcome.

UCLA ALP Fund Information

The UCLA ALP Program anticipates funding five to seven individual projects with a suggested total budget in the range of $1,000 to $4,500. Funds can be used for both salary support and costs associated with acquiring and analyzing new or existing data sources. Proposals that are part of larger research initiatives are also welcome. The ALP Program does not provide funding for overhead or other indirect costs. Funding from the ALP Program should be additive and not duplicate any other research funding. Requests for travel funding must be limited to travel necessary to carry out the research project. Project budgets should be for activities that take place within one year of receipt of funding. Applicants should consult an adviser on any potential tax liabilities stemming from a grant award.

Reporting Responsibilities

The director of research funded by the UCLA ALP Program shall provide a summary report by project end date and no later than one year after receipt of funds, including a description of progress in accomplishing the project aims, an account of funds expended, and a 500-word summary of project findings written for a general audience. Any studies, reports or other final written material created as a result of the funded research shall also be made available to the UCLA ALP Program. Publications reporting, referring to or building on this work are expected to acknowledge the funding received from the UCLA Law School Animal Law and Policy Grants Program.

Application Process

The application should include:

  1. Project Summary - a 200-word description of the project written for a non-academic audience.
  2. Research Proposal - No more than three pages (not including list of suggested referees, budget narrative, and human subjects narrative), single-spaced with one-inch margins and a font size no smaller than 12 point. The research proposal should include the following sections:
    1. Research Aims: Succinctly describe the specific research aims of the project.
    2. Project Description: Describe the project and include the following information:
      1. Significance of the project, including:
        1. Significance to research: Discuss knowledge to be gained by the project and how it is relevant to the scholarly literature.
        2. Relevance: Describe how the project will contribute to at least one of the two goals of the UCLA ALP Program (above).
      2. Research strategy/methodology, including a description of the project’s design, sampling and/or data collection procedures, and plan for data analysis;
      3. Plan for dissemination of results including expected research publications.
    3. Applicant: Describe the qualifications of the applicant(s) and applicant’s organization.
  3. List of Suggested Referees
    List two academic referees qualified to review the research proposal, including title, contact information (preferably email), and nature of academic relationship to the applicant (e.g., chair of doctoral committee, professor of course taken, research collaborator).
  4. Budget and Budget Narrative
    Budgets should outline the amount requested and the basis for all cost estimates. The budget should reflect resources necessary to complete the proposed project in a timely way. Please list other funding sources that support the project and other applications for funding, if the project is part of a larger initiative. Having other sources of funding is not an impediment to receipt of a UCLA ALP Program grant, if additional funding will result in a better research product. For in-kind contributions, provide a letter from the institution that is making the contribution. Please identify other sources and amounts of funding you have already received or for which you are applying. UCLA ALP funding should be additive and not duplicative.
  5. Human Subjects Narrative
    Indicate if the project involves human subjects, and if so, identify the Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) responsible and what IRB process (e.g., expedited review) you are using.  If human subject(s) approval is necessary, funds will not be released until final IRB approval is obtained. In such a case, IRB approval must be current, specific to the project for which funding is sought, final (no "approval subject to modification"), and received within one month of ALP's offer of funding. If you currently have an IRB approval or waiver that you believe covers your proposed project, include the IRB application and notice of approval or waiver with your UCLA ALP Small Grants application. If you do not yet have IRB approval or waiver, please include your IRB application and a statement of your good faith belief that IRB approval will be granted or waived.
  6. Curriculum Vitae for all key personnel involved in the project.

Deadlines and Decisions

Applications must be received by October 15, 2017, via email or mail, for the first application cycle. Awards will be announced by December 20, 2017. Early application submissions are encouraged and appreciated. For this first grant cycle, particularly strong applications may be funded on a rolling basis.

Where to Send the Application

Please check that your application contains all the required information and send the completed application to:

UCLA Law School Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program
UCLA School of Law
Box 951476
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1476

More Information

Contact Information

Taimie Bryant
Director, Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program


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