Equine Oat Research Advisory Board Calls for Pre-Proposals

The Equine Oat Research Advisory Board (EORAB) is now accepting pre-proposal applications for the first Prairie Oat Growers Association Equine Oat Research Grant cycle. Research projects that the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) funds will aim to discover specific benefits of oats for horses. The EORAB invites researchers to submit pre-proposals that address one or more of the following questions:

  • How do oats contribute to the health of the horse?
  • How do oats contribute to the performance of the horse?
  • How can oats be used to prevent or manage a clinical disorder(s)?

Topics should seek answers to more specific problems related to the broader research areas outlined above. For the 2013 grant cycle, up to $400,000 is available. Preference will be given to research projects designed to produce tangible results within one year from the start of the research.

The EORAB has a two-step selection process to determine which research project(s) are recommended for funding. Pre-proposals must be no more than three pages and are due by July 31. The EORAB will review the pre-proposals and select those it believes will provide the greatest benefit to the horse and oat industries, based upon scientific merit and in alignment with POGA's objectives.

Successful pre-proposal applicants will be invited to submit full proposals for funding consideration, which will be due Nov. 30. The EORAB will then evaluate the research proposals and recommend to POGA which proposal(s) should be awarded grant money. Researchers whose proposals are approved for funding will be notified by April 15, 2013.

"We have been planning the Equine Oat Research Advisory Board for more than a year now, and we are excited that we have reached the point where we can begin accepting research pre-proposals," said Bill Wilton, Prairie Oat Growers Association president and Equine Oat Research Advisory board chair. "It is evident just how much the equine industry stands to gain. The EORAB is looking forward to reviewing the pre-proposals submitted, and we are optimistic we will receive some brilliant project ideas that could benefit the entire equine industry."

The EORAB will review research pre-proposals and proposals, recommend which equine-related research studies should be funded by POGA, and advise POGA on further research or determine next steps based on research findings.

The EORAB executive committee members include:

  • Nathaniel White II, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, professor of surgery at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center;
  • Lori Warren, PhD, PhD, associate professor of equine nutrition at the University of Florida;
  • Mary Beth Gordon, PhD, director of equine research and new product development at Land O'Lakes Purina;
  • Emily Lamprecht, PhD, development manager of Cargill Animal Nutrition;
  • Brian Rossnagel, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources; and
  • Bill Wilton, Prairie Oat Growers Association president.

"Our vision for the Equine Oat Research Advisory Board is to commission the scientific research necessary to prove the nutritional benefits of feeding oats to horses in order to better educate horse owners so they can make more informed feed purchase decisions," Wilton said. "We believe horse owners deserve to have a better understanding of what they're feeding their horses based upon objective, factual scientific research."

The full version of the pre-proposal application requirements for POGA's Equine Oat Research Grant 2013 are available at www.EquineOats.org.

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