Grants & Funding Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals

Addressing Evidence-based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. EST

The vision of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is for the human-animal bond to be universally embraced as an essential element of human wellness. To that end, HABRI works to establish, through science and advocacy, the vital role of companion animals in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

HABRI is calling for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. HABRI is interested in proposals that involve a variety of companion animals (e.g. dogs, cats, fish, horses, reptiles, small animals). Proposals should have a strong theoretical framework and focus on innovative approaches to studying the health effects of companion animals on humans within the following broad categories:

  • Child Health and Development
  • Healthy Aging
  • Mental Health and Wellness

Prior to submitting an application, please review the following documents:

To apply for a HABRI grant, please send an email to with the subject line “HABRI Grant Proposal – Your Last Name.” Attach the full proposal document (see guidelines above) to your email.

Please direct all questions and correspondence to Lindsey Melfi at

To learn more about HABRI, please visit