petting dogs grants

Grants & awards

We partner with key scientific and academic organisations globally in order to advance pet care research, share knowledge and support the education of scientists, veterinarians, and human-animal interaction researchers to deliver our Purpose:  A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. We have a number of funding and award opportunities available.

WALTHAM™ Foundation

The WALTHAM™ Foundation is a non-charitable funding mechanism through which Mars Petcare offers grants to advance the understanding in the nutrition, health, behaviour and welfare of companion animals globally. 
At Mars Petcare, we believe that pets make the world better for people, so we have made it our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. As a science driven business, Mars invests in research. The WALTHAM™ Foundation is just one way in which we support key scientific and academic organisations globally to advance research and disseminate knowledge to support our purpose. The vast number of peer-reviewed publications and internationally recognized presentations emanating from this work is a testament to the calibre of the proposals we receive and the quality of the projects we have supported

2021 Funding Application Call

We know that many different scientific disciplines and areas of expertise can contribute to our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. For the 2021 funding call, we are inviting applications for projects whose outcomes will contribute to this, rather than constraining the scope by scientific area. Applications from researchers who are in the early stages of their career and passionate about companion animal science are encouraged. 

Awards of up to £25,000 are available. The grant may be used for staff costs to support the main researcher. Further details and application form are available below to download. 

Applications have now closed. We anticipate the announcing the next funding call in 2023.

We had a high number of applications, with 48 proposals from 17 countries. Applications focused on a range of species from dogs to donkeys, and spanned multiple topics, including human animal interaction and behaviour, clinical studies, diagnostic development, genetics, nutrition, and data science. In total, we conducted three rounds of review that involved 32 technical experts from across Mars Petcare. This year, WALTHAM™ Foundation had funding available for 4 projects. These projects have now been chosen and will be communicated in due course.

Selection Process

All projects must comply with WALTHAM™ ethics, whereby the research must not inflict suffering or result in the euthanasia of the animals involved. All clinical studies must have informed owner consent. 
All applications are evaluated by a team of scientists to ensure compliance with our ethical principles, a high standard of science and the outcomes will contribute to the knowledge of and benefit the nutrition, health, behaviour or welfare of companion animals (including horses). We encourage researchers to share the results of studies funded as broadly as possible, for example, through appropriate conferences and symposia. 

Application Documents

These will be shared here when the grant call is open.

EveryCat Health Foundation: Feline Kidney Health and the Impact of Dietary Phosphorus and Calcium

EveryCat Health Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that funds research into health issues affecting cats.

Kidney disease is the number one cause of death in older cats, but its exact cause is unknown. In a special funding opportunity co-sponsored by Mars Petcare and Nestlé Purina, the EveryCat Health Foundation is calling for proposals that address the effect that dietary phosphorus and calcium to phosphorus ratio have on renal health in cats to improve the quality and longevity of every cat’s life.

Approximately $400,000 is available to fund proposals of sufficient scientific merit, relevance, and potential to impact feline health. 

2021 Funding Application Call

This funding call has now closed.

The overall goal of such research is to provide evidence that will lead to scientific consensus on safe levels and types of dietary phosphorus for feline diets. High priority areas have been identified and will be given special consideration. These include:
•    Investigation of factors that influence phosphorus bioavailability and metabolism including source and form of phosphorus in foods.
•    Identification of biomarkers of renal injury, especially markers that detect early kidney changes.
•    Identification of in vitro assays that correlate with in vivo function of phosphorus sources.
The maximum grant amount is $50,000 for 1 to 2-year projects.

Selection Process

Founded and funded by cat lovers, EveryCat Health Foundation only supports research for which humane treatment of animals is assured. Please find the EveryCat policy on humane use of animals in grant studies here.

Please visit the website for the application guidelines and forms.

The grant application call in 2021 has now closed.

National Institutes of Health/Mars Waltham public-private partnership funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Waltham have a public-private partnership that supports and provides funding for research to better understand human animal interaction (HAI). The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has indicated their ongoing interest in the HAI research area and invites grant applications for research to examine:

- The impact of HAI on typical and atypical child development and health
- The evaluation of animal-assisted intervention for children and adults with disabilities or in need of rehabilitative services
- The effects of animals on public health, including cost effectiveness of involving animals in reducing and preventing disease.

Call deadlines

This call is currently open until 30 November 2021.

WALTHAM™ human-animal interaction (HAI) research programme

The WALTHAM HAI Research Grant supports a collaborative research programme. High quality, innovative project proposals in companion animal ownership or interaction are invited to apply for funding in specific focus areas.

Who is eligible?

We expect to announce a funding call in 2021.

Nutrition presentation student awards

Each year, Waltham offers an award to the best student presentation at the annual ESVCN (European Society of Veterinary & Comparative Nutrition) and AAVN (American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition) Congresses.

Who is eligible?

Students, residents, PhD candidates working towards a degree or board certification in the field of dog and cat nutrition presenting their results at the ESVCN or AAVN Conference.