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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators for Research to Advance the Health of Horses

Equine Behavior Relating to Health and Welfare Grant


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/27/23 4:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International investigators for research to advance the health of horses. Applicants are required to create a user account prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for studies involving wild or domesticated horses.

Morris Animal Foundation is accepting pilot proposals for the study of equine behavior/welfare.

  • The focus should be on improving the lives of horses by increasing understanding of the behavioral domain. This includes areas such as cognition, learning, stereotypes, separation anxiety, affiliative behavior toward (bonding with) humans, the effects of equine temperament on welfare, and equine psychopharmacology. 
  • Pilot study proposals should be aimed at generating data to prove the viability of a novel approach or idea.
  • The project may involve domesticated or wild horses. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Competitive applicants will have a record of research expertise demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications. A maximum of one application as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator in response to this RFP is permitted.

All applicants for this award must convince the scientific and animal welfare reviewers that they clearly understand the behavior/welfare problem, have sufficient expertise to conduct the study, are using a scientifically sound approach, and have given appropriate consideration to the overall environmental impact of their research.

Projects using behavioral measurements simply as a tool to address non-behavioral hypotheses are not of interest.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline Extended: December 27, 2023 at 4:59 p.m. ET

Both the Principal Investigator and the individual submitting the application (if different from the Principal Investigator) must create an account before applying for funding. Your account must be reviewed and validated by Morris Animal Foundation, which may take up to two business days, so please plan to create an account several days prior to the proposal deadline.

Resubmissions of prior proposals to the Foundation are not permitted without explicit permission.


Estimated Size of Grant
The budget cannot exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract
The maximum project duration is 12 months.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For additional questions, email:

Morris Animal Foundation
720 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 174A
Denver, CO 80246

Phone: 303-790-2345
Toll-Free: 800-243-2345
Fax: 303-713-3399

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