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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


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
182634

Funding Source
Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
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)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/22/24 11:59 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA, Canada, and International researchers from nonprofit organizations or academic institutions for studies on the health benefits of pet companionship. 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), both for the people and the animals involved. Proposals should have a strong theoretical framework and focus on innovative approaches to studying the positive effects of companion animals on human health. HABRI is interested in funding a wide range of studies. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Broadly generalizable human-animal bond studies, impacting large populations in the categories of child health and development, healthy aging, mental health, and physical health.
  • The human health impacts of therapy animals in professional practice, volunteer programs, and educational contexts, and research that refines or informs best practices to improve health outcomes and quality of life for the humans and animals involved.
  • Studies that are translational in that at least one aim is to produce actionable advice, guidelines, and recommendations for human health practitioners, pet care professionals and/or policymakers.
  • How companion animal ownership and/or interaction helps address those impacted by public health and social crises, such as social isolation and loneliness; suicide, addiction, and substance abuse; access to social service and housing; trauma and/or post-traumatic stress; obesity and physical activity; and cardiovascular health.
  • The role of pets in supporting the health and wellbeing of people from diverse backgrounds or underrepresented or minoritized populations.
  • The role of the human-animal bond in veterinary medicine, including its impact on access to care, compliance and quality of care, and veterinary team wellbeing.
  • The bond between humans and understudied pet species, including cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals, and fish.
  • International perspectives of the human-animal bond, investigating the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or AAI in countries, communities, and cultures, including those that are under-represented in current literature.

In the interest of further contributing to the scientific field of HAI, HABRI encourages studies that focus on interactions with a variety of pet species, which may include (but are not limited to) dogs, cats, small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles and fish) and horses.

Pet Partners, the leading therapy animal organization in the United States, is partnering 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 Full Grant Text RFP link. 



Recipient

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).

Ineligible
- HABRI does not fund capital projects nor does HABRI provide support for programs.
- 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 22, 2024 at 11:59pm 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.

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

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.

Contact Information
To apply for a HABRI grant, please send an email to submissions@habri.org. Please ensure the subject line of the email and PDF submission are both titled “HABRI 2024 Grant Proposal – Principal Investigator Last Name.”

For proposals applying for supplemental funding available through Pet Partners, please send an email to submissions@habri.org. Please ensure the subject line of the email and PDF submission are both titled “HABRI/Pet Partners 2024 Grant Proposal – Principal Investigator Last Name.”

Please direct all inquiries about the application or award process to Matt Cryer at Matt Cryer at MCryer@HABRI.org.

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 taylorc@petpartners.org.

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

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