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Funding Opportunities

Grants & Funding

Addressing Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

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 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. 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 & Physical Health and Wellness

Proposals will be evaluated by an independent review board comprised of experts in the field. Evaluation will be based on study design, capabilities of investigators, adequacy of facilities, cost-effective yet realistic budget, and potential for impact on the way mental and physical health conditions are diagnosed, treated or otherwise understood. Adherence to the highest standards of human and animal care and welfare is essential. All funded studies must undergo IRB and/or IACUC review and approval.

While HABRI is interested in studies that focus on the impacts of interactions with dogs, HABRI is also interested in studies that focus on interactions with other pet species, which may include (but are not limited to) cats and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and fish) and horses. No invasive procedures will be funded.

Prior to submitting a proposal, please review the following documents:

To apply for a HABRI grant, please send an email to with the subject line “HABRI 2019 Grant Proposal – Your Last Name.” Attach the full proposal document (see guidelines above) to your email.

HABRI has awarded an average of five grants per year with an average award amount of $45,000 and an average study period of sixteen months. Funding decisions will be made in July of 2019, with grant awards starting as early as September 1, 2019. For more information about HABRI, including currently funded research projects, please visit

For more information about the award process, please contact Lindsey Melfi at

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