The American Quarter Horse Foundation supports research to improve knowledge for public benefit to advance the health, welfare, and utility of the American Quarter Horse. The Equine Research Committee will consider all proposals meeting this overarching goal, with special attention to the following areas of interest:
- Discovery and detection (saliva, breath, blood, urine, hair, etc.) of performance enhancing drugs, masking agents, fitness parameters for competition, exercise physiology, training and factors of aging
- Detection of variants contributing to genetic disorders, detection of offspring from cloned animals, behavior, obesity, selective breeding practices and testing
- Vaccination and testing for Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM), Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) and Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)
Microbiome of the Horse
- Metabolism, links to the immune system, management and feeds
- Nutritional management, Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and related diseases, supplements
Researchers may request funding for a one-year grant period. Proposals for projects of more than one year's duration must be re-submitted each year thereafter for recurrent consideration. If a project was awarded funding in the previous year, it will be evaluated on individual merit and is not guaranteed future funding. The average grant awarded will vary between program request area: General Research ($25,000-$75,000), Head Trauma (up to $50,000), and Young Investigator Awards (up to $20,000).
The application period for this program opens in September, with a deadline of November 1. Researchers are notified in May following approval from the Foundation's Board of Trustees. Institutions will receive an agreement outlining the terms and conditions of award, which will be executed prior to the project's anticipated start date of October 1.
Based on the research program’s established criteria, the following items have been identified by the AQHF Equine Research Committee as undesirable proposal design objects and or requests: requests from private for-profit companies; research designated for trade name products; commercial product research, and the use of ponies as a model in the research plan.