Apply for Equine Research Funding

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2022.

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Our horses give us their all; whether in the thrill of victorious moments in the show ring or in the solace we find in their companionship. The American Quarter Horse Foundation is committed to giving back to the horses we love by challenging the frontiers of knowledge through research.  

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 2022-23 granting cycle are defined as follows:

1. Infectious Diseases - with priority placed on research that addresses:

  • Rhodococcus equi
  • Streptococcus equi (including subspecies equi and or zooepidemicus)
  • Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)

2. Equine Wellness - with priority placed on research that addresses:

  • Parasite resistance

3. Equine Welfare - with priority placed on research that addresses:

  • Competition integrity

4. All other proposals

Based on the research program’s established criteria, the following items have been identified by the AQHF Equine Research Committee as undesirable proposal design objects and/or requests: requests from private companies; research designated for tradename products; commercial product research; and use of ponies as a model in the research plan. Proposals containing these items will not be considered for grant funding.

Application Process 
The Foundation is currently updating the research proposal process, allowing researchers to submit their applications online. 

View the research application guidelines.

Notification will be mailed to the institution’s Office of Sponsored Programs beginning in April. Approved projects will be funded on the Foundation’s fiscal year cycle of October 1 - September 30.

Researchers, at the completion of an approved project, the investigator must submit a final report identifying findings of the research. Submitted reports may include a manuscript or other peer-reviewed paper ready for publication. The final report should include completed research objectives and outcomes, as well as the actual timeline of completion. For additional details, please refer to the executed equine research agreement on file with the institution’s sponsored programs office.

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




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(806) 378-5029 phone

(806) 376-1005 fax