Equine Research

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2018

Research Priorities 

The American Quarter Horse 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 2019-2020 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 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.

Emergent Research Priorities

In response to an emergent industry need for research, the American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF) invites the application of research proposals with emphasis on establishing reliable methods that will support the regulation of clenbuterol use in American Quarter Horses. Additional information on how to submit a proposal are located in the Emergent Research RFP.

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 Foundation is currently updating the research proposal process allowing researchers to submit their application online. Members interested in applying for the 2019-2020 grant cycle will be able to access the new application system online through this website beginning October 15.

2019-2020 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 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