HABRI Issues RFP for Human-Animal Bond Research

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 has issued a Request for Proposals for projects that investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. The organization is interested in projects 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 the study of the health effects of companion animals on humans within the following broad categories: child health and development; healthy aging; and mental health and wellness.

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 June 2018, with grant awards starting as early as August 1, 2018.

See the HABRI website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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