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.
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.
Application deadline: 1 May 2021
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.
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.
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.