Research Funding from The Horse Trust

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 and will consider applications from 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.

In 2018 we reviewed our grant applications process and we now accept applications for research grants, PhD studentships, postgraduate studentships, pump priming projects as well as other innovative proposals.

In all cases, The Horse Trust will be seeking active partnerships with successful applicants. We look to develop relationships with those in receipt of our funding and will seek appropriate levels of acknowledgment and input from them; be that in supporting our work in developing and disseminating best practice, publishing scientific and lay articles and other collaborations such as giving interviews or seminars in partnership with us.

Read here about the work we have funded and how better information about health conditions has helped horse owners to look after their horses’ wellbeing.


Funding Applications

 Applications will consist of a two-stage process, with a preliminary application stage leading to short-listing, and invitation to submit a more extensive in-depth proposal at which point you will be sent the Terms and Conditions of funding from The Horse Trust.

PhD funding will be potentially available to any project deemed suitable by The Horse Trust's Board of Trustees and will therefore not be restricted to those with veterinary science degrees but may extend to related disciplines such as equine science or any of the basic sciences.

Preliminary applications will open on 7th October 2019. 

The closing date for receipt of preliminary applications is 4pm on Monday 4th November 2019.

Applications will be assessed, and those applicants selected to submit a full application will be informed by early January 2020. Due to the numbers of applications anticipated, 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.

Full proposals will be sent for external peer review, be ranked and commented on by a scientific veterinary advisory group, and the final award made after consideration by the 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 Funding Programme in the first instance send an email to our Director of Policy and Research