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Addressing Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits and
Institutions to Study Health Benefits of Pet Companionship

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)

Deadline Date:

02/13/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $45,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations and academic institutions to research the health benefits of pet companionship. Funding is intended to focus how animal-assisted therapies, activities, and pet ownership bring health benefits for both the humans and animals involved. Studies may involve a variety of companion animals, such as small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and fish), dogs, cats, and horses.

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 

In an effort to help address larger societal challenges, proposals that have potential to impact current public health crises or issues at the forefront of public concern are welcomed. Topics include (but are not limited to) social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention, addiction, trauma and/or post-traumatic stress, obesity and heart health.

Proposal evaluation will be based on study design, capabilities of investigators, adequacy of facilities, cost-effective yet realistic budget, potential for impact on the way mental and physical health conditions are diagnosed, treated or otherwise understood, and for potential impact and contribution to the scientific field of human-animal interaction. Adherence to the highest standards of human and animal care and welfare is essential.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182634

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Number of Grants:

HABRI has awarded an average of five grants per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards averaging $35,000 - $45,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Average study period of 20 months. Grant awards will start as early as September 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.

International applicants from academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

HABRI does not fund capital projects. No invasive procedures will be funded.

HABRI does not pay salary support for PIs, co-investigators or other collaborators (which includes consultants) if they have full-time faculty appointments. However, HABRI does allow post-doctoral fellows applying as the principal investigator to apply for salary support up to 20% of their full-time appointment.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 13, 2020, by 11:59 PM EST.

Funding decisions will be made in July or August 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply for a HABRI grant, email applications to Lindsey Melfi at with the subject line “HABRI 2020 Grant Proposal – Principal Investigator Last Name.”

Matt Cryer

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

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