Young Investigators


Program Purpose
The goal of this program is to support equine veterinarians who are in programs that will advance their research skills with a goal of continuing an academic or research career path that will ultimately improve the health and welfare of the horse.

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. Based on a recent AAEP survey, areas of research interest include musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and metabolic disease, laminitis, factors to improve racing safety and development of new technologies (i.e., stall side tests). However, research applications on any topic will be considered for funding, and all investigators are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: (All below are required)

  • A DVM (or equivalent) and a trainee in a graduate program (masters or doctoral), residency training program, or a research fellowship program or in a DVM/ PhD training program
  • Current AAEP member with membership paid through June 30 of the application year (6.30.2025)
  • Mentored by a veterinary researcher on the faculty at a university or in private practice.


  • Preference may be given to those applying from AVMA-accredited veterinary colleges.
  • DVM/Ph.D. combined program candidates at AVMA-accredited veterinary colleges are also eligible.

 Amount/Budget: Funding requests should not exceed $20,000.

Apply Now:  The Foundation for the Horse uses Cadmium to collect and review online grant applications. Please note that the following application components are included in the online application.

  • Title Page – completed online; includes basic contact information
  • Research Plan – please follow the Instructions for Research Grants
  • Budget Form – please complete and upload
  • Contributors – Completed online
  • Animal Care & Use – Upload your institution’s

How to Apply

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2024

Apply Here