AAEP Foundation Accepting Laminitis Research Grant Pre-Proposals

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The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for research projects addressing Support Limb Laminitis until Jan. 15, 2016.

Accepted one- and multi-year projects will share in total grant funding of up to $170,000, thanks in part to funds generated from an initial challenge grant from Starlight Racing partners in 2014 in memory of their Grade II winner Intense Holiday. The three-year-old Thoroughbred colt succumbed to laminitis less than six weeks after competing in the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

The research project, or proposed portion of a project for which funding is requested, must be completed within three years. Multi-year projects are invited but cannot exceed the total budget allocation. Projects with smaller budgets are invited to submit. Major equipment purchases will not be funded by the AAEP Foundation.

The AAEP is sensitive to humane use of horses for research and favors clinical studies for laminitis research. All prospective research studies funded by the AAEP Foundation must receive full approval by the facility’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee or equivalent research review entity.

Complete grant pre-proposal guidelines and instructions are available at http://foundation.aaep.org/laminitis-research-project-i-38.html.

Pre-proposals must be received by Jan. 15, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Invitations for full grant proposals will be issued by Feb. 9, 2016. Full grant proposals, upon invitation only, must be received by March 15, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Funding of full grants will be announced by May 15, 2016.

The AAEP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1994, serves as the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners to improve the welfare of the horse. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $3.3 million to support its mission. For more information, visit www.aaepfoundation.org.