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 make it our purpose to make ‘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.

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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.

Please be aware that we receive many high calibre applications each year. Please do not be discouraged if your application is not selected. Unfortunately we are not able to provide feedback on projects that are not selected for funding. We sincerely appreciate your interest in the WALTHAM Foundation.

2019 WALTHAM Foundation Research Grant

Application deadline: 1 May 2019

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We are pleased to announce a call for research project applications for 2019 WALTHAM Foundation Research Grants. A number of awards will be made available, with amounts typically up to $25,000 (USD) to support high quality, innovative research.

This year, we are particularly interested in applications that utilise data science in order to generate persistent value for the scientific community in support of any life science discipline that:

  • * Enriches publically available data
  • * Transfers knowledge to the area of pet care
  • * Improves research methodology

For more information on the call, please review the Full Call for Applications below.

Contact Us: If you have questions about the WALTHAM Foundation or the application process, please send your inquiry to: