Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) is inviting public and private researchers studying equine infectious diseases to submit proposals for the 2017 Equine Research Awards.

“With our continued focus on prevention, BI is dedicated to supporting equine research proposals which focus on identifying preventative methods and new disease treatment,” says Steve Grubbs, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, BI’s equine technical manager. “Over the last six years we’ve helped fund 30 research proposals. This program has continued to support the equine industry and demonstrate our commitment to helping advance the understanding, diagnosis and prevention of equine diseases.

Proposals must address the following focus areas for consideration:

  • Practical application and ability to improve the diagnosis, pathogenesis, transmission, control, and/or prevention of equine infectious disease(s); and
  • Disease(s) can be bacterial or viral etiologies.

Veterinarians, diagnosticians, and public and private researchers in the United States and Canada are eligible to submit proposals for research programs that help advance the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of equine infectious diseases. BI will give a total of $75,000 in five individual $15,000 awards to fund selected studies.

Proposals must be submitted by Sept. 15 and will be reviewed by an independent equine research review board composed of industry professionals, including practicing equine veterinarians and researchers. Awards will be determined based on established criteria, including potential impact on the equine industry; originality and scientific quality; and probability of success in completing the yearlong studies. The awards will be announced during the 2017 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

To participate in the research awards program, submit a proposal, cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation by Sept. 15 to:

Boehringer Ingelheim
Attn: Steve Grubbs, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
The Advancement in Equine Research Award
3902 Gene Field Road
St. Joseph, MO 64506 USA

The BI Equine Research Awards were launched in 2011 to support veterinary research that results in practical applications for or insights into important equine infectious diseases and improves the quality of life for all horses. More than $375,000 has been awarded to date for research into these diseases, which include equine influenza, equine rhinitis virus, coronavirus and equine inflammatory airway diseases.

More information and complete submission instructions are available at