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.

Those interested can visit the “Advancing Veterinary Science and Education” section on the HBLB website for information on: 

• research priorities and scope 

• eligibility 

• applications  

In addition, small project grants will also be made 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.

Chair of the HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee, Willie Donachie, 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, Racing Foundation, British European Breeders Fund and 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.”

The deadline for submission of applications is 2pm on Wednesday June 11, 2014 and the awards for 2015 will be approved in mid December.

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