Dogs Trust Canine Welfare Grants

Type of funding: Standard and Collaborative Grant Programmes

Standard application model, welcomes applications from individual institutions and across interdisciplinary groups. Key areas for these grants include:
1) The genetic basis of disease or reduced welfare in dogs. Dogs Trust will prioritise applications offering a "solutions-based" approach to conditions or welfare issues, including those associated with conformation underpinned by a genetic component.
2) Canine behaviour, especially if developing knowledge in:
a) Understanding the processes of learning and how different protocols or training contexts may influence the outcome of interventions.
b) Validating programmes of behaviour modification or rehabilitation to provide more robust evidence base for clinical behavioural practice.
c) Measurement of underlying emotional state in dogs.
3) Healthy ageing in dogs, including aspects relating to obesity.
4) Epidemiology of disease.
5) The welfare of dogs suffering from chronic diseases including obesity.

For collaborative grants the priority areas for funding include:
1) Assessment of dog welfare within the kennel environment, including evaluation of activity, physiological and behavioural parameters.
2) Statistical modelling of UK dog population data.
3) Developing better understanding of achieving human behaviour change in reducing common welfare issues for dogs, including over feeding, insufficient exercise and inappropriate training.

Awards will be at the following levels:
1) Pump-priming awards: up to £20,000 to gain preliminary data.
2) Dogs Trust Postgraduate Award: up to £100,000 to support either a Masters by research or PhD project.
3) Experienced Investigator Awards: up to £200,000 normally for 2-3 years.

A preliminary application form must be submitted by 25th March 2020, those applications passing the initial screening will be invited to submit a full project proposal.

Deadline: 25/03/2020

Eligibility criteria:

Projects must not require a Home Office licence or involve any invasive procedure.

Canine Welfare Grants are awarded to educational and research institutions.

Further information can be found here.