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Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News April 2013

Research foundation accepts proposals to study therapeutic effects of horses on humans.

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The Horses and Humans Research Foundation wants to advance knowledge of horses' potential to impact health and wellness.

The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) is accepting proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans.

The foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T). Deadline for submitting  proposals is June 15. 

Up to $50,000 in re-search funding will be offered through a rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. All applications undergo a three-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to 1½ years.

Information for applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available at Researchers interested in finding local programs for possible collaborations may contact the foundation office for assistance.

Through investment in rigorous research, Horses and Humans Research Foundation will serve as a catalyst to advance knowledge of horses and their potential to impact on the health and wellness of people. The foundation’s goal is to promote research that will (1) Benefit special program participants by improving equine assisted activity best practices, and (2) educate the public, including professional affiliates, regarding the value and benefits of horses and equine-assisted activities.

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