Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announced recently an open call for proposals to investigate the impact of horses on humans. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic 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.

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. Past grant funding opportunities have been limited to $50,000. The goal for the campaign was to develop robust research funding to support expanded analytical capacity, additional data collection cycles, more stringent sampling procedures and greater statistical significance. It is a widely held perspective in the EAA/T field that research will enhance professionalism and move programs toward evidence-based practices.

“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,” said Campaign chairman Alison Zack Darrel from Stonington, CT. “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, scientific and clinical significance. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. All applications undergo a four-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee.

“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,” added Molly Sweeney (Hockley, TX), Anniversary Campaign honorary chairman.

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

Make a contribution to HHRF today and help ensure that this important research continues. For more information on this research, on the foundation, or on becoming a donor, contact KC Henry, Executive Director,