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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers from Nonprofits and
Academic Institutions to Study the Benefits of Pet Companionship

Addressing Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

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Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)

Deadline Date:

02/24/22 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers from nonprofit organizations or academic institutions for studies on the health benefits of pet companionship. Proposals related to current societal concerns, including the health crisis, are encouraged. Research focus areas include healthy aging, mental health and physical wellness, and child health and development.

HABRI is issuing a call for research proposals from institutions and organizations across the globe to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted interventions (AAI) 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

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) impacts on diverse and underrepresented populations, 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 and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and fish) and horses. 

Pet Partners, the leading therapy animal organization in the United States, has partnered with HABRI with the mission of improving human health and well-being through the power of the human-animal bond. This partnership allows for additional funding for research to investigate the health, education, and wellness outcomes of animal-assisted interventions (AAI), both for the people and animals involved. For more information on Pet Partners funding, see the URL for Full Text.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182634

Number of Grants:

HABRI awards an average of 5-6 projects each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

HABRI has awarded grants with an average award amount of $45,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants awards starting as early as September 1. HABRI has awarded grants with an average study period of twenty months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

USA and international applicants from academic institutions and non-profit 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.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern

HABRI allows up to two applications per principal investigator during a single call for proposals. There is no limit to how many times someone can apply as co-PI.

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, please send an email to Please ensure the subject line of the email and PDF submission are both titled “HABRI 2022 Grant Proposal – Principal Investigator Last Name.”.

For proposals applying for supplemental funding available through Pet Partners, please send an email to Please ensure the subject line of the email and PDF submission are both titled “HABRI/Pet Partners 2022 Grant Proposal – Principal Investigator Last Name.”.

Please direct all inquiries about the application or award process to Matt Cryer at Matt Cryer at

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

Human Animal Bond Research Institute
1310 L St, NW, Suite 860
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 728-7616

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