Applications Now Being Accepted for Young Investigators & Innovation Research Grants Through The Foundation for the Horse

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The Foundation for the Horse is accepting grant proposals until May 31 for both of its equine research grant programs. One program awards up-and-coming researchers and the other funds established investigators; both programs seek to help pioneer medical advances in equine health.

Young Investigators Research Grants  

Graduate students, fellows and residents are eligible for up to $20,000 in funding for the study of key diseases and disorders affecting equine health. Pressing research topics and areas of special interest include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and metabolic disease; laminitis; factors to improve racing safety; and development of new technologies. However, research applications on any topic will be considered.  

Pilot studies or preliminary studies that are part of a major study or which will lead to a major project are of particular interest; small standalone projects will also be considered. Since this program’s inception in 2019, The Foundation has awarded $436,784 for 23 projects at nine universities in support of exceptional science conducted by 20 emerging researchers. 

Additional information, including application instructions, requirements, and selection criteria, is available at  

Innovation and Discovery Research Grants 

Individuals with a background in equine research and a previous record of research publication are encouraged to submit proposals focused on areas of equine medicine that will improve the science needed to elevate the health and welfare of the horse. A minimum of two projects will each receive up to $50,000 in funding in 2023.  

While all topics will be considered for funding, particular interests include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and endocrine disease. Lameness, laminitis, colic and the development of diagnostic technology are areas also considered important and in need of investigation. Selected investigators will be strongly encouraged to publish their results in a refereed journal and/or submit abstracts for presentation at the AAEP Annual Convention.  

In 2022, The Foundation awarded $190,933 in support of four projects in the first year of the Innovation and Discovery Research Grants program, which was made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. Penelope Knight and her Coyote Rock Ranch.  

Visit for additional information, including application instructions, requirements and selection criteria. 

About The Foundation for the Horse

Established in 1994, The Foundation for the Horse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the welfare of the horse through Education, Research, and help for Horses at Risk. It is governed and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders. In 2022, and for the second consecutive year, The Foundation awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants to impact equine health and well-being throughout the U.S. and developing countries. To learn more, visit

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