SCAS Funding Opportunities

As part of its three-year funding plan, the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) is releasing the third 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.

This year for funding to be considered, research must relate to the role of pets in the management of mental and/or physical health conditions.

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 the role of pets in the management of mental and/or physical health conditions.

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 2022.

How can I apply?
Please contact Alison German, SCAS Administrator, on for an application form. Once ready to apply please send your completed application to the same email address using the subject line “SCAS 2022 Funding Application” and include the Chief Investigator’s surname.

All applicants must be received by 30 April 2022.

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 and value for money.

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 2023.

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