Horse Trust Research Funding 2020

Since 1965 The Horse Trust has given over £25 million in funding for research projects, clinical residencies, capital buildings and equipment for vet schools and other institutions. Following a brief period of closure to new applications, we launched our new grant funding programme in 2013. We accept grant applications from all UK veterinary schools as well as many other universities and institutions.

The aim of our grant funding programme is:

To fund non-invasive research of the highest scientific standard that advances our knowledge of veterinary treatment, the optimal care of equines and the prevention of disease and suffering. The aim is to impact positively on the wider equine population.

We recently broadened our grant applications process and we now accept applications for research grants, PhD studentships, postgraduate studentships, pump priming projects and other innovative proposals.

In all cases, The Horse Trust seeks active partnerships with successful applicants to help share the outcomes from the work we undertake, developing and disseminating best practice in order to to improve the lives of horses. We aim to support you in the publication of scientific and popular articles as well as more active collaborations such as interviews, producing editorial for publications, media and social media initiatives, seminars, demonstrations and presentations, short films and other innovations  - all aimed at changing peoples' behaviour in the interests of improving horse wellbeing.


Funding Applications


The application cycle for 2020 opens in October. Pump Priming grants (up to £20k) can be applied-for at any time. If you would like to register your interest in applying for a grant in 2020, or apply for Pump Priming, please email us

The Grants Process

The grant application process starts with a preliminary application (due in November 2020), and if you are succesful at this stage, you will be invited to submit a full application. Due to the numbers of preliminary applications normally received (between 40 and 50), we will not be able to give specific feedback to unsuccessful applications at the preliminary stage.

The deadline for receipt of full proposals will be notified if you are successful at the preliminary stage, it will be in February 2021.

Full proposals will be sent for external peer review by up to three experts, who may be anywhere in the world, who have specific understanding in that area, and they will be be ranked by the Horse Trust's Science & Ethics Committee, and the final award made after consideration by the entire Board of Trustees of The Horse Trust. We anticipate that applicants will be informed of the outcome by mid July in the same year. Projects should commence within 6 months of award. We will give feedback to all short-listed applicants.

Grant applications are accepted from the following institutions:

To register your interest in making an application to The Horse Trust grant programme, or if you would like to make a joint application with the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society, please send us an email 

Funding - Supplementary Information

Open Access Article funding application

Horse Trust Values Statement