SCAS Funding Opportunities – 2021

Please note applications for our 2021 round of funding are now closed.

As part of its three-year funding plan, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) is releasing the second batch of funding to support research that furthers our understanding of the human-animal bond. The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviours that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.

SCAS is passionate about pets in housing issues and has campaigned for positive pet policies for over 40 years. This year it has been decided that for funding to be considered by SCAS, projects or research must be specifically related to this subject, particularly projects looking at:

  • The impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation including, but not limited to:
    • The positive impacts of pet friendly legislation
    • How housing pet bans impact on people’s lives
    • The impact on communities through diminished social capital (the willingness of people to help each other)
    • The impact on housing acquisition
    • The impact to animal welfare through relinquishment, abandonment or the reduction in people able to adopt
    • The harm to the economy
    • The impact on children, including their health and development
  • An assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
  • The views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing including, but not limited to:
    • The risks and benefits of allowing pets in housing
    • The barriers and enablers to allowing pets in housing
  • Stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes

What can I apply for?
We have 8 funding grants available:

  • 5 x £10,000 maximum pump priming research awards
  • 2 x £1,500 undergraduate students project award
  • 1 x £1,500 maximum funding to support open access publication of research relating to pets in housing

Projects should last no longer than 12 months, be able to demonstrate clearly how the proposal meets the objectives, outline plans for future development and be able to start by the 1 September 2021.

How can I apply?
To apply for a SCAS grant, please email Alison German, SCAS Administrator, at: using the subject line “SCAS 2021 Funding Application” and include the Chief Investigator’s surname. Ensure you attach a fully completed application with your email.

Please note applications for our 2021 round of funding are now closed.

Prior to submitting a proposal, please ensure you review the following documents:

How will my application be assessed?
Applications will be evaluated by the SCAS review board made up of experts in the field. We will also ask a member of our lay advisory panel to review your application. Decisions on whether to fund applications will be made based on links to the funding objectives, quality of study design, experience of the team, potential for impact, value for money, and potential to further the understanding of pet in housing issues.

If successful, we will write to you to ask you to formally accept the offer and make you aware of any conditions of funding. All SCAS funded projects need to be completed by the 31 August 2022.

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