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 Inc 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.

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. We encourage researchers to share the results of studies funded through the WALTHAM Foundation as broadly as possible, for example, through appropriate conferences and symposia.

Project application call

We anticipate that the next project call for the WALTHAM Foundation will be in the second half of 2020, with successful projects being funded in 2021.

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 2020. The following deadline is 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?

The HAI grant is currently under review. We expect to announce a funding call in 2020.

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.