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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

Additional Funding Available for Therapy Animal Research

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is pleased to announce the availability of additional funding for research to investigate the health, education and wellness outcomes of animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and animals involved. This additional funding has been made available through a growing collaboration with Pet Partners, the leading therapy animal organization in the United States, with the mission of improving human health and well-being through the power of the human-animal bond.

To be eligible for this additional funding, investigators must incorporate Pet Partners registered volunteer handler-therapy animal teams into their proposed research. Pet Partners registered volunteer teams must meet high standards, which support patient and public safety; outstanding animal welfare; and greater consistency for research purposes.

This announcement is a supplement to HABRI’s 2019 Request for Proposals. All of the guidelines, requirements, and deadlines associated with HABRI’s 2019 RFP apply to this additional funding opportunity. Please indicate if you are applying for this supplemental funding.

For more information about securing the participation of Pet Partners registered volunteer therapy animal-handler teams for proposed research, please contact Dr. Taylor Johnson,

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


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