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.
To advance this mission, the organization has issued an RFP for research on the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for 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; and mental and physical health and wellness. On average, HABRI awards five grants of up to $45,000 each over twenty months.
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.
While HABRI is interested in studies that focus on the impacts of interactions with dogs, in the interest of further contributing to the scientific field of human-animal interaction, HABRI welcomes studies that focus on interactions with other pet species, which may include but are not limited to cats, small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and fish), and horses.
See the HABRI website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.