Equine Veterinary Research Grants

Type of funding: Various

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is inviting applications for equine veterinary research and education grants to start from April 2022.
There are five award types:

RESEARCH PROJECT GRANTS (deadline is 2pm on Monday 21 June 2021)
The HBLB supports scientifically robust research projects to benefit the racing, breeding and rearing of the Thoroughbred. Innovative and novel research approaches are encouraged and all applications will be subject to peer review and full evaluation by the Board’s VAC.

SMALL PROJECT GRANTS (deadline is 2pm on Monday 13 September 2021)
This fund supports research focusing on specific issues of direct and immediate practical importance to the Thoroughbred. The grants are open to individuals employed by veterinary schools, universities and research institutes, veterinary practitioners or elsewhere in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. HBLB is particularly interested in receiving applications from clinicians, farriers and others involved directly in the care of horses. Projects are limited to one year with costs restricted to around £10,000.

EDUCATION AWARDS (deadline is 2pm on Friday 25 June 2021)
The two type of award are as follows:
Veterinary Research Training Scholarships offer four year funding to pursue a PhD programme in any scientific or veterinary field relevant to equines and particularly the racing, breeding or rearing of Thoroughbreds
Research Training Scholarships are open to veterinary graduates or non-veterinary science graduates. The requirements regarding the subject of the PhD will be the same for graduates in either discipline.
Senior Equine Clinical Scholarships allow veterinary graduates with at least two years’ practical experience to train for a higher qualification, such as a European Diploma, over four years. The qualification must be in an equine field with particular relevance to the Thoroughbred.
Applications for both types of award must be made by the prospective supervisor within an eligible institution, such as a university veterinary school, other university department or research institute. Awards include a tax-free stipend to cover living costs and an expense allowance for research costs and other purposes directly relevant to the scholarship.

EQUINE POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP (deadline is 2pm on Friday 25 June 2021)
The HBLB is again inviting applications from recent veterinary PhD graduates for a post-doctoral fellowship. Introduced in 2016, the Equine Post-Doctoral Fellowships are aimed at exceptional veterinary PhDs, with the skills and aptitude to develop a leading academic or clinical academic career in equine veterinary sciences. The area of research must be focused on Thoroughbred racing, breeding or rearing. The fellowship will be tenable for three years.

For further information please contact Annie Dodd, Grants Manager at the Levy Board, at equine.grants@hblb.org.uk.

Deadline: 13/09/2021

Eligibility criteria:

Varies according to award, please view specifics on the HBLB website.

Further information can be found here.