The Foundation for the Horse Accepting Grant Proposals

Musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and metabolic disease and laminitis in horses are among the research areas the organization has prioritized.

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Dr. Riley Thompson
Dr. Riley E. Thompson, postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University, is a past recipient of a Foundation for the Horse research grant. | Colorado State University Photo Courtesy AAEP

The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Foundation for the Horse is accepting research grant proposals from up-and-coming equine researchers, including AAEP-member graduate students, fellows, and residents, for up to $20,000 in funding for the study of key diseases and disorders affecting equine health. In the program’s first three years, the foundation has awarded a cumulative $326,398 to fund 17 projects at seven universities and institutions in support of exceptional science conducted by 15 emerging researchers. 

Pressing research topics and areas of special interest include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and metabolic disease; laminitis; factors to improve racing safety; and development of innovative technologies. However, research applications on any topic will be considered for funding, and all investigators are encouraged to apply. 

Pilot studies or preliminary studies that are part of a major study or will lead to a major project are of particular interest; small stand-alone projects will also be considered. 

Grant proposals must be received by June 8. Additional information, including application instructions, requirements, and selection criteria, is available at


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