Research Funding from The Horse Trust

Since 1965 The Horse Trust has given over £25 million in funding for research projects, clinical residencies, capital buildings and equipment for vet schools and other institutions. Following a brief period of closure to new applications, we launched our new research funding grant programme in 2013. We accept grant applications from all UK veterinary schools and will consider applications from other universities and institutions.

Research Funding

The aim of our research funding grant programme is:

To fund non-invasive research of the highest scientific standard that advances our knowledge of veterinary treatment, the optimal care of equines and the prevention of disease and suffering. The aim is to impact positively on the wider equine population.

We recently reviewed our research funding grant applications process and we now accept applications for research grants, PhD studentships, postgraduate studentships, pump priming projects as well as other innovative proposals.

In all cases, The Horse Trust seeks active partnerships with successful applicants to help share the outcomes from the work we undertake, developing and disseminating best practice in order to to improve the lives of horses. We aim to support you in the publication of scientific and lay articles as well as more active collaborations – interviews, producing editorial for publications, media and social media initiatives, seminars, short films and other innovations aimed at changing peoples’ behaviour in the interests of improving horse wellbeing.

Research Funding Applications

You can apply for funding up until 23 October 2020, which is when all preliminary applications must have been submitted. Pump Priming grants (up to £20k) can be applied-for at any time in the year. If you would like to register your interest in applying for a grant in 2020, or apply for Pump Priming, please email us:


The Grants Process

The research funding grant application process starts with a preliminary application, and if you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to submit a full application. Due to the numbers of research funding applications normally received (between 40 and 50), we will not be able to give specific feedback to unsuccessful applications at the preliminary stage.

The deadline for receipt of full proposals will be notified if you are successful at the preliminary stage. It is usually mid-February.

Full proposals will be sent for external peer review by up to three experts, who may be anywhere in the world, and who have specific understanding in that area. They will then be ranked by the Horse Trust’s Science & Ethics Committee, and the final research funding award made after consideration by the entire Board of Trustees of The Horse Trust. We anticipate that applicants will be informed of the outcome by mid July 2021. Projects should commence within 6 months of award. We will give feedback to all short-listed applicants.


Grant applications are accepted from the following institutions:

  • University of Bristol
  • Animal Health Trust
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • University of Nottingham
  • Moredun Research Institute
  • University of Lincoln

Research funding applications

Other institutions will be considered – please ask

To register your interest in making an application to The Horse Trust grant programme, or if you would like to make a joint application with the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society ( please send us an email:

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