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)

  • Must be a DVM or equivalent (e.g. VMD, BVMS, BVSc, MVB, DMV) trainee currently enrolled in a graduate program (masters or doctoral), residency training program, or a research fellowship program
  • AAEP member with membership paid through June 30, 2023
  • Mentored by a veterinary researcher on the faculty at a university or in 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 Here

Deadline: May 31, 2023 by 11:59 PM (PST)

To see the previous recipients of The Foundation for the Horse Young Investigator Research Grants:

2022              2021              2020              2019