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  • Accepts funding requests that accomplish the foundation’s mission to improve the health and welfare of horses. 
  • Prioritizes requests that impact horses on a national and international scope, or where emergency funding is needed. 
  • The AAEP Foundation will not grant funds for the following:
    • For-profit individuals or groups.
    • Unwanted/Retirement Horse Programs – facilities or programs that care for unwanted or retirement horses. This includes horses that may have been abandoned, abused, or neglected.  
    • Unsolicited Equine Research – Individual equine research projects that have not been solicited directly through a call for pre-proposals, such as the Foundation's graduate student/resident research grant - see below. However, the Foundation will consider applications for emergency research and for equine research workshops that assist with the prioritization, education, and/or collaboration of equine research.
  • Application Submission Deadline: April 15 (Except for Disaster Relief grant applications which are accepted year-round based on disaster needs. However, grants focused on Disaster Preparedness and/or Training programs are due April 15. See below.).

Application Instructions

Funding Application (Microsoft Word version)

Funding Application (PDF version)

Project Budget Form

Equitarian Support – programs that benefit working equids of the world, particularly those in impoverished areas. Priority is given to programs with the broadest reach or that work toward sustainability within the population visited.
Disaster Preparedness and Relief –
programs that help multiple horses affected by natural disasters including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, drought, blizzards, wildfires, earthquakes, and health disasters (epidemics), with emphases on emergency aid and disaster preparedness. Note: Disaster Preparedness applications are only accepted once a year with a April 15 deadline.

Graduate Student/Resident Research Grant

Research Projects - Pilot studies or preliminary studies which are part of a major study or which will lead to a major project are of particular interest. Small stand-alone projects will also be considered. Areas of particular interest based on a recent AAEP survey include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and metabolic disease, as well as laminitis, and new technologies such as stall side test development. However, all applications regardless of subject will be considered.

Who is Eligible?

  • Post-DVM researchers in PhD, Residency or Fellowship in training
  • Principal investigator must be an AAEP member
  • The eligible researcher must be mentored by an equine veterinary researcher on the faculty at a University or in practice

Click here to learn more or apply by June 15