Evaluation Process

Funding Criteria
The HBLB awards funding grants for scientifically robust equine research projects which will benefit the health and well-being of horses, particularly the Thoroughbred during racing, breeding and rearing, minimise the impact and improve the clinical management of disease and injury in all age groups, and prevent injury and disease in racehorses.
Applications for research grants are considered annually and grants are awarded through a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation process.
Research grant applications are accepted from University veterinary schools, other University departments and research institutes. Applications must be made via the HBLB online Equine Grants System

Grants for small projects are available more widely, and applications are accepted from individuals working in any business or institute relating to the Thoroughbred or Veterinary Science. More information on the application process can be found here.
Grants are for 1-3 years, in any strategic, basic and applied or clinical equine veterinary discipline, and are awarded on the recommendation of the HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC).
The review process is informed by the priorities of key industry stakeholders and applications are assessed on their scientific merit, relevance to Thoroughbred racing, breeding and/or rearing and the likely impact of the project on the care and management of the Thoroughbred. 

Evaluation of Applications
The HBLB is committed to ensuring that the evaluation process is carried out in a responsible, fair, non-discriminatory and transparent manner.
Research project applications are evaluated by VAC members and external peer reviewers. The BHA also advises on the relevance of the proposal to the industry.
 The following key criteria are used in evaluation of research proposals. 
  • Scientific merit, approach and study
  • Design
  • Relevance to the horse, particularly the Thoroughbred 
  • Likely impact of the study on the care and management of Thoroughbreds 
  • Track and publication record of the Principal Investigator*
  • Other factors, such as feasibility, budget and facilities*
*The HBLB wishes to encourage new or young investigators and the absence
of an established record will not count against them.

Each application is scored against these criteria and, once all applications have been scored, available funds are allocated by order of merit from the highest scoring applications downwards until the funds are exhausted.