Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is inviting applications for equine veterinary research grants for projects to start in 2015.   

The HBLB supports scientifically robust research projects that benefit the racing and breeding Thoroughbred.  Innovative and novel research approaches are encouraged and all applications will be subject to peer review and full evaluation by the Board’s Veterinary Advisory Committee.

Applications are made online via the HBLB’s Equine Grants System. Visit the ‘Advancing Veterinary Science and Education’ section on the HBLB website for information on:

  • Research priorities and scope
  • Eligibility
  • Applications

Following the success of the first year of collaboration, the Racing Foundation will again be investing in equine science research which has demonstrable practical benefits to Thoroughbred horseracing. Applications are being processed through the Equine Grants System with applicants being asked to indicate whether they wish their projects to be considered by the HBLB, the Foundation or both.  All applications will be subject to the normal HBLB review process.

The deadline for applications for research projects is 2pm on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.

The awards for 2015 will be approved in mid December.

In addition, small project grants will again be available. This fund supports research focusing on specific issues of direct and immediate practical importance to the health and wellbeing of 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. Projects are limited to one year and costs should not exceed £10,000. Details on the application process can be found in the ‘Advancing Veterinary Science and Education’ section on the HBLB website.

The deadline for submission of applications is 2pm on Wednesday 11th June 2014.

The awards for 2015 will be approved in mid December.

Thirdly the Horserace Betting Levy Board is inviting applications for new Veterinary Research Training Scholarships and Senior Equine Clinical Scholarships to start in 2015. 

  • Veterinary Research Training Scholarships offer 3-year funding to veterinary graduates who wish to pursue a PhD programme in any scientific or veterinary field relevant to equines and particularly the racing or breeding Thoroughbred.
  • Senior Equine Clinical Scholarships allow veterinary graduates with at least 2 years’ experience to train for a higher qualification, such as a European Diploma, over 4 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 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.

Professor Peter O’Shaughnessy, Chair of the HBLB’s Education Sub Committee, commented: “Investment in training the equine researchers and specialist clinicians of the future is fundamental to the on-going health and wellbeing of racing and breeding horses. Maintaining an annual round of education awards, which include a serious research project element, is a priority.  Competition for these awards is always intense and any student fortunate enough to secure one of the funded posts will have an excellent training opportunity.”

The deadline for submission of applications is 2pm on Wednesday 18th June 2014.  Applications will be assessed by the HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee with the awards for 2015 to be approved in mid December.

Professor Willie Donachie, Chair of the HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) which will be overseeing all the grant funds, said: “The twin track approach worked very well last year with 17 exciting new projects starting in 2014.  The improved funding position, with the Levy Board, the Racing Foundation, the British European Breeders Fund  and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association all working together and co-ordinating their investment in equine veterinary science research, has re-invigorated the programme. I look forward to receiving another round of high quality and innovative projects relevant to the Thoroughbred.”

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