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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 Animal Interaction

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)

Deadline Date:

01/18/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants averaging $35,000 to $45,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations and academic institutions to research the health benefits of pet ownership, as well as animal-assisted therapy and activity, both for the humans and animals involved. Research categories may include healthy aging, mental health and wellness, and child health and development.

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 interested in proposals that involve a variety of companion animals (e.g. small animals, dogs, cats, fish, 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

Evaluation will be 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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182634

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

HABRI has awarded an average of five grants per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants average at $35,000 - $45,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards will start as early as August 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.

International applicants from academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. There are no additional governance requirements in order to meet IRB and IACUC requirements (institutional approvals suffice).

HABRI does not fund capital projects.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 18, 2018 by 11:59 PM EST.

Funding decisions will be made in June of 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Lindsey Melfi

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.