The American Quarter Horse Foundation encourages the submission of research projects related to the health, welfare and utility of the horse that will create meaningful impact for the horse, horse owners and the equine industry. Research priorities for the 2019-2020 granting cycles are defined as follows:
1. Infectious Diseases - with priority placed on research that addresses:
- Rhodococcus equi
- Streptococcus equi (including subspecies equi and or zooepidemicus)
- Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)
2. Equine Wellness - with priority placed on research that addresses:
- Parasite resistance
3. Equine Welfare - with priority placed on research that addresses:
- Competition integrity
4. All other proposals
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 August, 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 AQHA 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.