Funding Opportunity (Purina)

Purina Sponsorship For Human-Animal Bond Studies


The PURINA SPONSORSHIP FOR HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND STUDIES provides research funding to applicants affiliated with (but not limited to) universities, foundations, charities, and NGOs. Applicants may request up to $30,000 USD per proposal.  

Purina wishes to receive research proposals in the following areas: 

  1. Benefits of adopting shelter pets and of volunteering at pet shelters 
  2. Pet and human physical health and well-being 
  3. Pets and child/adult literacy 
  4. Animal-assisted therapy to destigmatize mental health 
  5. Pets in abusive relationships and the impact of allowing pets at domestic violence shelters 
  6. Therapy dogs and youth struggling with physical, emotional and mental challenges 
  7. Pets and youth:  self-awareness and empathy development, and stress and emotion management 
  8. Pets and post-traumatic stress disorders, phobias and anxiety 
  9. Using pets in counseling/therapy setting 
  10. Pets helping hospitalized patients and the homeless   



The 2022 Purina Human-Animal Bond Sponsorship program will follow this time schedule: 

  1. Announcements and rules for the sponsorship program will be communicated in April of 2021. 
  2. Application deadline for 2022 sponsorship program ends on July 15th, 2021 at 11:59 pm US Central Standard Time. 
  3. Applications will be evaluated in September of 2021.  
  4. Contracts for allocated sponsorships will be signed in the Fall of 2021. 
  5. Fund allocation will begin following individual project requirements once the contracts have been signed (early 2022).  
  6. Fund allocation will be completed after review of the final project reports. 
  7. All studies are expected to be completed by December 2023. 



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