Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) recently announced a unique initiative to investigate the therapeutic effects of equine-assisted activities for military veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This special research fund began with a seed contribution from the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Program, which serves the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. It is the first of a series of specially focused research initiatives planned by HHRF for the coming years, a departure from the more general research funding that has been available since the organization was founded in 2004.
$50,000 in research funding will be offered through a competitive and rigorous application and review process. Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance. All applications undergo a three-tier review process, completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to a one-year period.
“This fund is also exciting for us because it represents the first of what we hope will be many specially focused research programs,” added Lightfoot. “We are currently developing one special fund to investigate the effects of equine-assisted activities for participants with autism spectrum disorders, and another for those with cerebral palsy…and that is just the beginning!”
This veterans-focused research initiative has been made possible from contributions of visionary donors including the Caisson Platoon, Louise H & David S Ingalls Foundation, Swimmer Family Foundation as well as multiple individuals and anonymous contributors.
Information for applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available at horsesandhumans.org. Researchers may contact the foundation office for assistance finding local programs that provide programming for military veterans, for possible collaborations.
For more information on this research, on the foundation, or on becoming a donor to help fund continued research, contact KC Henry, Executive Director, KCHenry@horsesandhumans.org.