world, is now inviting requests for funding for studies focusing on equine behavior and welfare.
“This call for proposals provides researchers the
opportunity to take a closer look at behavior issues that impact the health of
equid species,” said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Morris Animal Foundation
Chief Scientific Officer.
“We recognize the importance of behavior as a component of
animal health and overall welfare. This call will advance our knowledge of
equine behavior, with a particular emphasis on guiding interventions and
Proposals should focus on improving the lives of horses by
increasing our understanding of the behavioral domain. This includes areas such
as cognition, learning, stereotypies, separation anxiety, affiliative behavior
toward (bonding with) humans, equine psychopharmacology, and the effects of
equine temperament on welfare. Proposals may involve domesticated or wild
The maximum project duration is 12 months, and the budget
cannot exceed $10,000 USD.
This Donor-Inspired Study grant is funded by long-time Morris
Animal Foundation supporter, Dr. Wendy Koch. Dr. Koch, a veterinarian, has
closely followed equine behavior and welfare research over the years and wanted
to increase the amount of funding available for studies in these fields.
All proposals submitted to Morris Animal Foundation will be
reviewed by a Scientific Advisory Board. Interested researchers can find
additional information, including award types and funding levels at: