Equine Research

Deadline to apply was November 1, 2017

Research Priorities 

The American Quarter Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Foundation encourage the submission of research projects related to the health, welfare and utility of the horse and of importance to the horse owner and horse industry. Current research priorities include:

  1. Congenital diseases/genetics
  2. Welfare
  3. Infectious diseases/immunology
  4. Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries
  5. Reproduction

Issues within these categories include genetic markers for disease, genetic medicine and therapy, regenerative medicine, utility of the horse, therapeutic modalities, breeding values and standards, drug testing, physical therapy and rehabilitation of the horse, improved injury management, behavioral issues, feeding practices, parasite control and improved deworming protocols. Funding decisions are based on scientific merit, clinical application and or potential benefit to the horse and horse industry.

Based on the research program’s established criteria, the following items have been identified by the AQHA Equine Research Committee as undesirable proposal design objects and or requests: requests from private companies; research designated for trade name 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.

Additional Priorities

Interested researchers may submit a research proposal for any of the following categories:

Young Investigator Award – Specialized grant funding is available for MS and PhD level graduate students or DVM/VMD level residency interns. Investigators should be graduate or residency students who are currently enrolled in a graduate sciences program. Research performed should be monitored by a graduate level advisor, major professor or senior faculty PhD or DVM/VMD mentor.

Equine Drug Testing – In order to identify varying pharmaceutical agents, hormones, nutrients and or toxins administered for the purpose of performance enhancement, research in the areas of pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and related testing procedures are being solicited by AQHA.

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.

Application Process 

The application period for 2018-2019 has closed. To submit an equine research grant application, applicants must download the updated equine research guidelines for a complete list of program criteria. The application period for 2019-2020 will open in August 2018.

Researchers should submit completed research proposals electronically through our support services site. Upload instructions are provided on the site. Please make sure all software programs used during the production of the research proposal and or the application process are Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer compatible. Due to file size limitations, emailed proposals are not accepted.

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 American Quarter Horse Foundation's equine research program, please contact us at:

American Quarter Horse Foundation
Equine Research Program
2601 East Interstate 40
Amarillo, TX  79104

806-378-5034 Phone
806-376-1005 Fax