2018 Collaborative WALTHAM Human-Animal Interaction Research Program


WALTHAM Foundation


WALTHAM Human-Animal Interaction Research Program.

For More Information

WALTHAM Foundation Website

Materials for the 2018 Collaborative WALTHAM Human-Animal Interaction Research Program

  • Call for Applications
  • Application Form
  • Checklist 2018
  • Considerations for Applicants


WALTHAM is pleased to announced a call for research project applications to the 2018 Collaborative WALTHAM Human-Animal Interaction Research Program. The purpose of this call is to continue the WALTHAM tradition of supporting high quality science in partnership with leading NGOs, professional associations and funding bodies, that provides the evidence base critical to fully understanding the mutually beneficial relationship between people and companion animals.


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

Funding Availability

There are up to three awards available, each for a maximum of £240,000 to support high quality, innovative research collaborations.

Maximum Project Value


Indirect Costs


Project Duration

 There is a four-year period for each funded project.

 Data collection is expected to be completed over a three-year period. This allows for six-month preparatory period and a final six-month period for final data analysis and write up.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Principal Investigator to submit a copy of their full application/proposal, along with the budget, and signed OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Principal Investigator to submit completed application packaged, including 'Statement of Institutional Acceptance of 10% Overhead' (signed by AVPR) and 'Statement of Institutional Acceptance of WALTHAM Research Manager Role in the Project' (signed by Principal Investigator and AVPR) directly to Nancy.X.Gee@effem.com

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Contact WALTHAM by completing the General Inquiry Form on their website.

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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