Society for Companion Animal Studies – Research projects

Type of funding: Grant funding

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

They 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

Deadline: 31/05/2021

Eligibility criteria:

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.
At this time they are accepting funding applications from UK and international
organisations/businesses. These might include charities, social enterprises, universities,
private or public companies. Applications from consortia are welcome. Full details of the
consortium partners and their role in the project/research must be clearly outlined.
Individuals can be sponsored by relevant organisations to enable them to apply for funding.
January 2021
They are not currently accepting applications for PhD studies. You can submit more than one proposal to the scheme if you wish.

Further information can be found here.