The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) will award approximately $300,000 in funding for high-quality research designed to better understand the human and animal health benefits of the human-animal bond in seven areas.
Ten grants will be awarded to pre-proposals focusing on the health effects of animals on humans with the following conditions: autism, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia/Alzheimer's, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or childhood allergies and immunity.
"We are excited to announce this upcoming funding for research surrounding our seven key topics, which to date have seen the most promising scientific evidence in terms of positive impacts of the bond, but could still benefit from a greater understanding," Bob Vetere, president of HABRI, said.
"This is a great opportunity for students, researchers and various industry professionals and we look forward to receiving pre-proposals and awarding the grant recipients this fall."
The organization is accepting pre-proposals now through June 28. For more information, visit harbi.org.