Foundation for the Horse Offers New Innovation and Discovery Grant Opportunity

Equine researcher at work.
Equine researcher at work. Alexander Raths

Newsdate: Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 8:35 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

Further advancing promising research focused on improving the lives of all equines, The Foundation for the Horse today announced the availability of new Innovation and Discovery Research Grants. Each of the next three years, a minimum of two projects will be awarded up to $50,000 each.

Horses' hooves and legs in action as a study for laminitis and injuries.

Horses' hooves and legs in action as a study for laminitis and injuries

Particular interests for funding include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and endocrine disease, lameness, laminitis, colic, and development of diagnostic technology.
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These new grants are made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. Penelope Knight and her Coyote Rock Ranch to seed the program and further expand The Foundation’s research footprint.

Individuals with a background in equine research and a previous record of research publication are encouraged to submit proposals focused on areas of equine medicine that will improve the science needed to elevate the health and welfare of the horse.

“We are grateful to Mrs. Knight and the team at Coyote Rock Ranch for their continued support of The Foundation, and now into the area of innovation and discovery,” said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, Foundation Research Working Group Chair. “Having the funds to move to this next level of support for established researchers is part of our strategic plan, and this gift allows us to begin this important phase of research funding quicker.”

While all topics will be considered for funding, particular interests include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and endocrine disease. Lameness, laminitis, colic, and development of diagnostic technology are areas considered to be important and in need of investigation.

Although not a requirement for funding, selected investigators will be strongly encouraged to publish their results in a refereed journal and/or submit abstracts for presentation at the American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention.

Grant proposals must be received by August 1, 2022. Additional information, including application instructions, requirements, and selection criteria, is available at

 About The Foundation for the Horse
Established in 1994, The Foundation for the Horse is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the welfare of the horse through Education, Research, and help for Horses at Risk. Governed and stewarded by world-renowned equine veterinarians and equine stakeholders, The Foundation in 2021 awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants to impact equine health and well-being throughout the U.S. and developing countries. To learn more, visit

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