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New NICHD Funding Opportunities Announced

  1. Christopher C Charles

    The NICHD has announced three new funding opportunities pertianing to human-animal interaction. The following comes courtesy of James Griffin, Deputy Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB) of the NICHD and NIH.


    The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has released three Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that invite 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.  

    Since 2008, NICHD and The WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, a Division of Mars, Inc., have collaborated in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The Partnership encourages research on Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), especially as it relates to child development, health, and the therapeutic inclusion of animals in interventions for individuals with disabilities or those requiring rehabilitative services.  This shared interest resulted in The WALTHAM® Centre donating funds to NICHD to enhance NICHD’s ability to support research in this field.

    The objective of this program of research is to encourage interdisciplinary studies to determine the impact of HAI in and outside the home environment on child and adolescent health and development, as well as therapeutically across the lifespan, through observational studies, experiments and clinical trials.  For the adult population, the objective of this FOA is to build the empirical evidence base around animal-assisted interventions for those with intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities and for those in need of therapeutic and/or rehabilitative services. 

    Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R01)

    Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R03)

    Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R21)

    Application Due Date(s)June 27, 2017, March 30, 2018, March 30, 2019, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

    Scientific/Research Contact:
    Layla Esposito, Ph.D.
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

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