Recent Animal Welfare and Human Animal Interaction Funding Calls – February 2021

There have been a number of funding opportunities released recently for those looking to carry out research into animal welfare and the human animal bond:

Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)

SCAS has released its second batch of funding to support research that furthers our understanding of the human-animal bond. SCAS is passionate about pets in housing issues and has campaigned for positive pet policies for over 40 years, so this year, for funding to be considered, projects or research must be specifically related to this subject.

Find out more here.

Waltham Petcare Science Institute

Waltham’s 2021 funding call invites projects whose outcome contributes to their purpose ‘A better world for pets’. The deadline for application is the 1 May 2021; awards of up to £25,000 are available.

Applications are also open for the National Institutes of Health/Mars WALTHAM public-private partnership funding for research to better understand human animal interaction (HAI). 

Find out more here.


Battersea’s spring round of funding is now open for application. They offer a range of grants to help successful applicants develop and deliver specific projects with measurable outcomes that will benefit dogs and cats.

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Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW)

Through its Animal Welfare Student Scholarships, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) aims to encourage students to develop their interests in animal welfare and to provide them with an opportunity to conduct relevant research or other projects that are likely to lead to substantial improvements in animal welfare.

Please note applications for these Student Scholarships which fund short (up to 8 weeks) research projects closes on 28 February 2021.

Find out more.

Morris Animal Foundation Announces Call for Dog and Cat Health Proposals

The Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest non profit organisations worldwide that funds health studies benefiting cats, dogs, horses, llamas, alpacas and wildlife. Each year, the Foundation opens four separate calls for its major funding areas – feline, canine, large companion animal (horses and llamas/alpacas) and wildlife/exotics; the call for canie and feline proposals is now open and closes on 10 March 2021.

Find out more here.

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