Projects awarded funding in 2024

This is a summary of the grants that have been awarded funding so far this year. For further details of project aims, please view them by disease area.


Owner cuddling her pet at the veterinary clinic and doctor working in the background

Investigating the role of thymosin beta 10 in feline chronic kidney disease

PhD studentship: £80,000 (partial funding)

Institution: RVC


This studentship aims to improve understanding of the factors modifying the progression of kidney disease in cats. It may also identify novel biomarkers to identify cats that are likely to develop advanced kidney disease and new areas for therapeutic intervention to slow disease progression.

Read more and apply for this as a postgraduate student.


A dog licking its nose, outside in a field covered in yellow flowers, under a blue clear skyIdentification of the genetic variant that causes spongiform leukoencephalomyelopathy (SLEM) in the Border Terrier dog breed

Master’s Degree by Research: £39,411

Institution: University of Cambridge

This master’s project aims to identify the causal genetic variant of SLEM in Border Terriers, and to understand how and why this variant is pathogenic. This will improve our understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology of SLEM, and enable a validated genetic test for SLEM to be offered to breeders.

Read more and apply for this as a postgraduate student.


Rows of samples in test tubes. All are held in a plastic blue containerExploring the dog microbiome for therapeutic potential in the treatment of canine bacterial pyoderma

Student Research Project Grant: £2,800

Institution: University of Liverpool


This undergraduate project aims to identify and characterise commensal bacteria with therapeutic potential against Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, the most common cause of bacterial skin infections in dogs, to help identify mechanisms of inhibition and determine their potential for clinical application.

Click on the links below to read about other studies that we have funded recently:

Projects awarded funding in 2023


Projects awarded funding in 2022


Project awarded funding in 2021


Projects awarded funding in 2020