The animal protection organization Farm Sanctuary is announcing a call for grant proposals on observational research on farm animal emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities.

Grants will be awarded for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000, and proposals will be considered during two time periods: late July and late October.

With an initial budget of $175,000, the non-invasive scientific research is part of a new science-based initiative, called “The Someone Project,” to transform the way society views and understands farm animals by filling some of the gaps in our knowledge about farm animal capacities. It will be the most comprehensive study of farm animal cognition and emotion to date and is expected to be a real game-changer in gaining respect and legal protections for these animals.

Summing up the state of research to date, Dr. Jane Goodall writes: “Farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear, and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined… they are individuals in their own right.”

And Dr. Temple Grandin explains, “We don’t know what animals can and can’t do. The fact that we’re constantly being dumbfounded by brand-new abilities no one had a clue animals possessed ought to be a lesson to us about how much we don’t know.”

Proposals must be submitted by either July 15, 2013 or October 15, 2013. For more information on how to submit a proposal, click here.