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Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers
to Explore the Benefits of Equine Therapy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 Receipt by Close of Business


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International teams at research institutions for basic research and clinical studies to explore the benefits of equine therapy. Funding is intended to support studies that will impact the mental and physical health of individuals with disabilities who are involved with equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAA/T).

The primary goal is to support, promote and fund scientific research that explores the claimed, yet unsubstantiated benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies, leading to the discovery of the most effective methods and techniques for conducting thousands of existing and future programs.  The secondary goal is to educate the public (including parents, donors, insurance companies and physicians) on research findings so that equine-assisted activities become more accessible to those in need.The Foundation is particularly interested in research that compares the outcomes of equine-assisted therapy with other interventions, modalities, and activities.

Basic research collects foundational data used to develop or refine theories. Clinical or applied research tests theories that direct practice or have a direct effect on the persons in the activity or therapy. HHRF exists to fund and support research projects that measure quantitative or qualitative evidence for EAA/T.

Equine-assisted activities studies are needed that validate:
- Horse – rider combinations
- Therapeutic Riding lesson progression
- Professional qualifications
- Lesson/service duration
- Lesson/service frequency
- Lesson/service effectiveness

Equine-assisted therapy studies are needed that validate:
- Frequency of treatment
- Outcomes of treatment
- Efficacy for different diagnoses
- Efficacy within age ranges
- Duration of treatment
- Protocols during treatment
- Horse selection for treatment
- Equine movement during treatment
- Professional competency recommendation

The strongest proposals will fully and clearly cover all information and research requested, incorporate project intent and methodology, anticipate issues that may arise and are exceptionally easy to follow from processes to activities and results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168810

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

A one and a half year grant period is assumed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to qualifying research teams at institutions around the world. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on August 1, 2019. Both paper and electronic formats are required.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) must receive the completed electronic application by the end of the business day on the established deadline (Should the deadline fall on a weekend or holiday; the due date is the closest preceding business day). All paper submissions must be postmarked by the due date or will not be accepted. The main contact listed on the application will be sent a notice (by email or mail) of receipt of their application within two weeks of the HHRF office receiving it.

HHRF accepts Letters of Intent and grant applications at any time throughout the year, though completed grant applications will be reviewed only once per year. Proposals may not receive a formal review by HHRF’s advisors if it is determined that the project does not follow the published guidelines and priorities. Allow up to two months for LOI responses, and four months from the date of deadline for proposal response time. LOIs are NOT required but may be submitted if the applicant is seeking indication of appropriateness of research topic or input on scientific merit.

All applicants must use currently accepted American Hippotherapy Association terminology in their application, and in all communications and documentation.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to:

The subject line of ALL emails should be the complete title of the application.

Mail applications to:
Horses and Humans Research Foundation
P.O. Box 23367
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Horses & Humans Research Foundation
15670 Chardon Windsor Road
Huntsburg, OH 44046 USA


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