Chagrin Falls, OH - January 4, 2014 Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals of research to investigate the therapeutic effects of equine-assisted activities (EEA) on military veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This is the second call for proposals designated for veterans research, made possible by the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs (CPEAP) who provided seed funding. The CPEAP originally approached HHRF to designate a call for proposals to address the growing numbers of mental health issues among veterans and the lack of high-quality research into EAA. Deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2014.
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 rigorous four-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to a 1.5 year period.
"Thanks to the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs, we are able to issue this second call for proposals specific to veterans with PTSD or TBI," said Lynn Shaw, HHRF Board President. "It is because of visionaries like CPEAP that the promise of EAA can be realized and deserving veterans can be helped. We are grateful for their continued support."
Information for applicants, including application materials, previously funded projects, review guidelines and more are available athorsesandhumans.org. Researchers interested in finding local EEA programs for possible collaboration may contact HHRF for assistance.
As a public foundation, Horses and Humans Research Foundation is in a unique position. Our current programming is entirely focused on our competitive research grant award programming. However, we are not endowed for research, so we must also constantly fundraise in order to award research grants. We are dependent on contributions from those who understand the importance of this research.
Horses and Humans Research Foundation
Through investment in rigorous research, Horses and Humans Research Foundation will serve as a catalyst to advance knowledge of horses and their potential impact on the health and wellness of people.
Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs
The Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs is an all volunteer organization that was founded to provide equine assisted therapy to the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) at Bethesda, Maryland. The Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs was founded by certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor Mary Jo Beckman, Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Larry D. Pence, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Retired).