Human-Animal Interaction

WALTHAM Human-Animal Interaction Research Programme

Applications are now closed

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We are pleased to announced a call for research project applications to the 2018 Collaborative WALTHAM Human-Animal interaction Research Programme. There are up to three awards available, each for a maximum of £240,000 to support high quality, innovative research collaborations.Research eligible for funding under this call must focus on HAI (specifically companion animal ownership or interaction) as it relates to one or more of the following preferred topic areas:

  • The impact of pets on human physical and socio-emotional health (includes the concepts of physical activity, wellness, engagement, social support, usefulness, purpose and connectedness)
  • Maintenance of healthy body weight in people and pets (includes how the behaviours of both species impact the other)

Please note, preference will be given to projects that examine these issues across the lifespan and consider the importance of animal attachment and/or degree of interaction in the outcomes.
For more information on the call, please review all the supporting documents below.

The call for applications has now closed.

Full call for applications
Considerations for applicants
Application form
Checklist for applicants

National Institutes of Health


Funding through the NIH / MARS WALTHAM public-private partnership.

The NICHD has indicated their ongoing interest in the HAI research area and invites grant applications for research to examine:

1)  The impact of HAI on typical and atypical child development and health;
2)  The evaluation of animal-assisted intervention for children and adults with disabilities or in need of rehabilitative services;
3)  The effects of animals on public health, including cost effectiveness of involving animals in reducing and preventing disease.

Application deadline: 30 March 2019 (5pm local time of applicant organisation)

Letter of intent due dates:
30 days prior to the application due date

More information
NIH / Mars WALTHAM Partnership

WALTHAM, Mars Petcare and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

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There are no current active funding opportunities. 

Further information

International Society for Anthrozoology


WALTHAM proudly supports the International Society for Anthrozoology through providing funds for the ISAZ WALTHAM Collaborative Research Award ($50K), for the Anthrozoos Journal and for the annual ISAZ conference.

ISAZ/WALTHAM Collaborative Research Award

International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations


WALTHAM has been a long-time partner in support of the IAHAIO conferences and has provided the Distinguished Scholar Award since its inception.

IAHAIO/ISAZ Distinguished Scholar Award
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