Funding Opportunities

ISES offers research funding opportunities including annual ISES Student Research Grants, prizes for best oral and poster presentations at the annual conferences, and travel grants to encourage and enable young scientists to undertake supervised research projects which fall within the field of equitation science and present statistically valid findings.

ISES recognises that research should be positioned in the context of the needs of both the horse and the human. The ISES Research Strategy document outlines a coherent strategic vision for research that links with the ISES strategic plan and clearly signals priorities and expectations. ISES is well placed to encourage applied research that serves the need of equine industry stakeholders as well as the wider equine community. The underpinning theme for research within the ISES strategy framework is ‘excellence with impact’. Impact embraces the diverse ways in which research related knowledge and skills benefit individuals, organisations and skills.

Student Research Grant

For the ISES Student Research Grant, projects contributing to the following goals will be given priority:

• Ethical Equine Training
• Improved Equine Behaviour and Welfare
• Improved understanding of Human-Equine interaction
• Facilitating Equitation Science Education
• Development of Equine Research Methods and Techniques

To apply for the annual ISES Student Research Grant please also carefully read the ISES Research Strategy document, the information on the ISES Student Research Grant Information document and use the ISES Student Research Grant Application Form for submission.

Each year, a maximum of 4 ISES Student Research Grants will be awarded (subject to availability of funds).

Deadline for submissions is either January 31st or July 31st.

Each ISES Student Research Grant is worth £750. Up to £350 will be available to the department or research group to cover the costs associated with running the project, and the remaining £400 to cover the students’ personal expenses. Please refer to the ISES Student Research Grant Information document to see which costs are eligible. The applications will be reviewed by at least three members of the ISES Research Committee against set criteria designed to promote relevant objective investigation. Applicants will be notified with the outcome within 4 weeks after the submission deadline.

Most promising student award

At each conference, two students will be awarded for their presented work. One prize for best oral presentation and one prize for best poster presentation. In order to be eligible for these awards students:

  • Must be enrolled on a tertiary level programme of study in a relevant discipline
  • Still have to acquire a proven publishing track record
  •  Still have to acquire an established teaching history
  • Do not hold a substantive paid post

In the interest of fairness, students presenting at the conference as an invited plenary speaker (as this is an accolade in itself) or employed as a senior researcher with an established track record will not be eligible. Both prize winners will be awarded with a free registration for the ISES conference the following year.

Travel grant

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To enable excellent scientists to participate in the conference and present their work, ISES will give a maximum of 2 ISES Travel Grants a year, starting ISES conference 2015. Travel grants are worth £500.

To apply for  these travel grants, use the ISES Travel Grant Application form. The applications will be reviewed by at least three members of the ISES Research Committee using set criteria for evaluation (please refer to the ISES Travel Grant Application form).

Applications for travel grants should be submitted by 28th February by email to ISES Honorary Secretary ( ).  Successful applicants will be expected to provide a short summary of their trip and outcomes within 4 weeks of return home.