Major funding boost for equine therapy research


pat_therapyUp to $100,000 is up for grabs for researchers investigating the impact of horses on humans, thanks to the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF).

Past grant funding opportunities have been limited to $50,000, but the successful completion of HHRF’s 10-Year Anniversary Research Funding Campaign enabled the foundation to double the size of grant funding available for this grant cycle.

The foundation is seeking applications for research that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Research proposals requesting up to $100,000 are due on July 15, 2016.

Speaking about the extra funding, campaign chairman Alison Zack Darrel said: “We are thrilled – the completion of this campaign is a big step towards our understanding of the horse’s effect on humans, both physically and spiritually.

“We are wholeheartedly grateful to the donors who believe in our mission and have supported our efforts to take research to a new level.”

Up to $100,000 in research funding will be offered through a rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, and scientific and clinical significance. All applications undergo a four-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience.

Henry_Ball-therapy“There are exciting new developments on the horizon that I believe will get us closer and closer to understanding how the horse manages to have such a profound impact on the well-being of people,” said Molly Sweeney, Anniversary Campaign honorary chairman.

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