Research Funding from The Horse Trust


Since 1965 The Horse Trust has given over £25 million in funding for research projects, clinical residencies and 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.


We currently fund PhD studentships and larger research grants. We do not accept applications for research that focuses on equine performance enhancement or reproduction.

With both The Horse Trust funded PhD students and research grant recipients, 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.


Research Grants and PhD Studentship 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.

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.

The terms and conditions of the awards given either for research grants or PhD studentships are available for download by clicking on the labelled buttons at the top right of this page. Please read through these when submitting an application.

Preliminary applications will open on 8th October 2018. 
The closing date for receipt of preliminary applications is 4pm on Friday 30th November 2018.

Applications will be assessed and those applicants selected to submit a full application will be informed by 7th January 2019. 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 is 4pm on 8th March 2019. 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 2019. 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:

Any queries can be directed to

Grant Application Registration
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Should you require assistance, please contact The Horse Trust by telephone on 01494 488464 or email