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 – research to increase 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 well-designed empirical—both qualitative and quantitative—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.


Scholars interested in developing or expanding their legal or non-legal research agenda to include topics related to the UCLA ALP Program's goals are welcome to apply. Advanced-level graduate students are encouraged to apply but must have strong references from advisors who have reviewed the proposed project.

At this time, the UCLA ALP Program will not accept applications for support of any type of research on animals or applications from principal investigators based in foreign countries. Applicants must be affiliated with an accredited academic institution of higher learning in the United States. Grant recipients must be affiliated with such an academic institution at the time of receipt of funds and throughout the funded research period, through the completion and submission of the research and the attendant written report. Advanced graduate student grant applicants should include information on where they are in their degree process and indicate whether they anticipate finishing their degree within one year of the funding date.

Sample Topic Areas for Qualitative or Quantitative Research Proposals

  • Economic constraints on agricultural producers' attempts to shift from animal-based agriculture to non-animal-based agriculture
  • 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
  • Potentially dangerous animal complaint proceedings
  • Adoption of newly engineered technologies that could reduce animal use, such as virtual reality and alternatives to animal product consumption
  • 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
  • Wildlife-human co-existence
  • 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
  • Extent of existence of or utilization of non-lethal alternatives to "pest control," such as rodent, "nuisance" wildlife, and insect control
  • Non-animal empirical research whose findings and implications could be used to eliminate specific types of animal research
  • Empirical research relevant to decreasing use of animals in entertainment

These are samples only. 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. The Program gives very few grants at the top of its dollar range. Please include in the research design section of your proposal breakdown of research components or stages that would enable us to consider the option of partially funding your proposal. 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 must 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.

UCLA ALP Fund Priority

Priority is given to project proposals with well-designed, well-developed, and well-explained research methodologies appropriate to answer research questions related to animal law and policy reform.  The UCLA ALP Program values both qualitative and quantitative research projects but expects research applicants to explain in detail their choice of method, the research design, and its relationship to the research question they propose to answer. As for quantitative research, we would like to see designs most likely to produce reliable, replicable research results. Often that requires narrowing a topic sufficiently to produce an answerable research question with a research method that does not allow for many, if any, alternative explanations for the research results. Applicants proposing qualitative research projects need to explain the scope of their research with sufficient specificity to assess why and how the proposed qualitative method is ideal to answer the proposed research question.

Reporting Responsibilities

The principal investigator 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 must include:

  1. Project Summary - a 200-word description of the project written for a non-academic audience.
  2. Research Proposal - No more than five pages (not including cover sheet, bibliographic references, 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 must include the following sections:
    1. Cover Page: List the applicant(s) name, title, department, and affiliated academic institution. Also indicate on this page (1) whether or not the applicant(s) already has funds or is or will be applying for additional funding for this project from another source, and (2) the status of the IRB approval process specific to the proposed research
    2. Research Aims: Succinctly describe the specific research aims of the project.
    3. 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. A sound research methodology is critical to our evaluation of your project. Please provide as much information as possible. Applicants for quantitative research support must design research questions and attendant methodology narrowly enough that confounding variables do not interfere with the reliability of their results. Applicants for qualitative research support must explain the relationship between the research question and the specifics of the methodological design. For instance, why are particular interviews or observations necessary and reliable for the purposes of the research question?
      3. Plan for dissemination of results including expected research publications.
    4. Applicant: Describe the qualifications of the applicant(s) and applicant's organization. The committee will review proposals closely for methodological rigor. If you are not experienced or trained in the methodology you propose to use, you will need to include in your proposal a co-Principal Investigator trained in the relevant methods. If you are a graduate student or there are any graduate or undergraduate students included in the proposal who will be conducting substantive research, you will need to include a supervisor review and approval of your proposed methods.
  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). At least one should be qualified to review the proposed methodology.
  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. The Program gives very few grants at the top of its dollar range. Please include in the research design section of your proposal breakdown of research components or stages that would enable us to consider the option of partially funding your proposal.
  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, you must provide evidence that you have a valid IRB approval or waiver, or that you have applied for IRB approval. 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 we do not receive final IRB approval that meets our requirements within one month of ALP's offer of funding, we will not fund your project. 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 midnight December 16, 2019, via email or mail, for the 2019 application cycle. Awards will be announced by February 2, 2020.

Where to Send the Application

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

By Email:

By Mail:

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

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Contact Information

Taimie Bryant
Director, Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program


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