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AQHF Research Grants

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American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/21 11:59 PM CDT


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Grants to USA researchers, MS and PhD graduate students, residency interns, and postdoctoral researchers in training for research related to horses. Funding is intended for research studies that benefit horses, owners, and the horse industry. Research priorities include equine welfare, infectious diseases, and equine wellness.

The Foundation encourages the submission of research projects related to the health, welfare, and utility of the horse that will create meaningful impact for the horse, horse owners, and the equine industry. Research priorities for the 2020-2022 granting cycles are defined as follows:

  1. Infectious Diseases - with priority placed on research that addresses:
    1. Rhodococcus equi
    2. Streptococcus equi (including subspecies equi and or zooepidemicus)
    3. Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)
  2. Equine Wellness - with priority placed on research that addresses:
    1. Parasite resistance
  3. Equine Welfare - with priority placed on research that addresses:
    1. Competition integrity
  4. All other proposals

Grant Categories:

  • General Research
  • AQHF Young Investigator Award: Proposals must be for a stand alone or pilot project with exceptionally focused scope and objectives in the field of equine research. Budgetary items may include graduate student tuition, lease and care of horses, consumable supplies, service contracts and publication costs.
  • AQHF Refrigerator Fund for Equine Head Trauma: This fund was created in memory of the award-winning racing horse “Refrigerator” who passed due to complications of a head trauma injury. Targeted research directed at prevention, treatment, diagnostics and hospitalization or prognosis is desired, including evaluation, comparison, management and historical or retrospective analysis. Special consideration will be given to projects with a collaborative approach between departments and or institutions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192659

Estimated Size of Grant:

- General Research: $25,000-$75,000
- Young Investigator Award: Funding requests should not exceed $20,000.
- Refrigerator Fund for Equine Head Trauma: Funding requests should not exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Researchers may request funding for a one-year grant period. Proposals for projects of more than one year’s duration must be re-submitted each year thereafter for recurrent consideration. If a project was awarded funding in the previous year, it will be evaluated on individual merit and is not guaranteed future funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Researchers may apply.

AQHF Young Investigator Award - Eligible Applicants:
- MS or PhD level graduate students
- DVM/VMD level residency interns
- Postdoctoral researchers in training

Research performed must be monitored by a graduate level advisor, major professor or senior faculty PhD or DVM/VMD mentor. Graduate or residency students wishing to apply must be currently enrolled in a graduate sciences program.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Opens: Aug 1 2021 12:00 AM (CDT)
Application Deadline: Nov 1 2021 11:59 PM (CDT)

Researchers are notified in May following approval from the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

Research Program Guidelines:
Young Investigator Award:
AQHF Refrigerator Fund for Equine Head Trauma:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information on the Foundation's equine research program, please email

Questions may be directed to Laura Owens with the American Quarter Horse Foundation at (806) 378-5034 or

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