Horses and Humans Research Foundation

Innovation Grant

Letter of Intent Guidelines

Award - up to $10,000


All applicants interested in the 2015 HHRF Research Innovation Grant are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by May 15, 2015.

The LOI summary should  clearly describe the proposal to be submitted for the Research Innovation Grant (see attached description) and should include:

Cover page with 1) Title of project; 2) name of associated institution(s) and collaborative partners (include any related EAA affiliations, accreditations and certifications); 3) name of principal investigator with 1 paragraph description of qualifications; 4) names of research team members with 1 paragraph description of qualifications; 5) Name, title and contact information for primary contact person 6) If you have applied for funding from HHRF in the past, please list the date and title of each project.

Project summary: Description of the research project should be no more than two pages (double spaced, 12 point font) and should address the primary criteria required for the innovation grant (see Innovation grant description).


On the basis of this summary, a decision will be made about whether applicants will be invited to submit a full research grant application for review. LOI forms may take up to 2 months to process. Please note that invitation to submit a full proposal does not guarantee funding at any level.



Please email LOI to:


Email subject should read : Innovation LOI + Title of your project


You will receive acknowledgement from HHRF regarding receipt of your LOI by 5/18. If you do not receive verification please contact






Horses and Humans Research Foundation

Innovative Research Grants




Innovation Grant description


HHRF Innovation Research Grants will foster research focused on new ideas that have strong potential for a meaningful impact to bridge the gaps in our understanding of horse-human interactions. The goal of the program is to advance our scientific understanding of the relationship between horses and humans and their role in contributing to the wellness of people.

The goal is to connect practice with scientific knowledge through supporting the development of innovative research with high-impact potential that might not be funded through traditional channels. Our intent is to stimulate exploration, encourage the testing of hypotheses, and generate preliminary data that will open new pathways for future research. 


Review Criteria

  1. Innovation: The project concept should be original and innovative. It could challenge existing paradigms, present an innovative hypothesis, or address a critical barrier that exists in the field.   A qualified project will develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technologies.
  2. Significance: The project should address an important problem directly related to the study of horse-human interaction and/or the impact of horses on the wellness of people.  If the aims of the application are achieved, scientific knowledge or clinical practice should be significantly impacted.  A qualified study will have a positive impact on the concepts, methods, and technologies that drive this field.
  3. Approach: The conceptual framework, design, methods of the study should be clearly developed to ensure successful achievement of the intended goals of the project. Potential problem areas should be acknowledged and corresponding alternative tactics included.
  4. Investigator: The Principal investigator and/or the research team should be appropriately trained and reflect the experience needed to carry out this work.
  5. Environment: The research environment should not only contribute to the probability of success, it should also reflect the highest related safety and quality standards. There should be clear evidence of availability of all resources or collaborations needed to support project's success.  
  6. Impact: How does this project relate to and support the mission of HHRF?       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 the health and wellness of people.





Proposals are encouraged from all disciplines that may contribute to our understanding of horses and their potential to impact the health and wellness of people.   These include but are not limited to biological, behavioral, medical, epidemiological, psychological, clinical and multidisciplinary investigations.





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Through investment in rigorous research Horses and Human Research Foundation will serve as a catalyst to advance knowledge of horses and their potential to impact the health and wellness of people.

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