Equine Guelph Research Competition

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Competition Announcement: Winter 2017

This is the annual announcement of the Equine Guelph Research Competition, for one or two year projects beginning in 2017. Proposal submission is in two stages:

Stage 1: Preliminary Information
Title, PI name and affiliation, Abstract and list of suggested arm's-length expert peer reviewers.
This is submitted first, as notification of intent to submit a full proposal, as well as initiating the process of contacting reviewers.
See "Application Forms" section below to find link to the Preliminary Information eForm.
The purposes of this information are:
  • as notification of your intent to submit a full proposal
  • to allow the process of contacting suitable peer reviewers to be essentially completed before the Full Proposal is submitted
Stage 2: Full Proposal
Detailed project description, Budget, Institutional approval, etc.
This has been revised since the previous version to help simplify the preparation process (only 2 or 3 documents need to be uploaded). See "Application Forms" section below to find link to the Full Proposal eForm. 
  • a complete proposal including budget 
  • a signed OR-5 (or other document attesting to institutional approval) 
  • negotiated costs of facilities (HSC, RSS), if appropriate. 

Schedule of Dates

 Date Item
 November 5 Call for Equine Guelph Research Proposals
 November 16 Preliminary information eForm
 due to office of OVC Associate Dean, Research and Innovation
 November 21 Request costing of HSC and RSS fees (if appropriate)
 January 9 OR5 and Project Description Template and Fee Forms (if any)
 due to OVC Associate Dean, Research and Innovation for review/signing
 January 16 OR5 and Project Description Template and Fee Forms (if any)
 due to Office of Research for review/signing (ADRI will submit)
 January 23 Full Proposal eForm
 due to OVC Associate Dean, Research and Innovation
  • Use this as external deadline date on OR5
  • Attach Office of Research signed OR5 to eForm
  • Attach Project Description Template to eForm
  • Attach HSC of Research Station fee forms to eForm
 February Proposals sent for peer review
 Proposals sent to members of the Equine Guelph Research Committee for evaluation
 Early March Equine Guelph Research Committee Meeting (date TBD)
 Within 2 weeks of that meeting applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals
 Early May Funds Released

Application eForms

  • Project Description Template 
  • OR-5
  • Institutional Facilities Contracts
    • HSC Fees (contact HSC Business Office)
    • Arkell Research Station Fees (contact Poultry and Equine Manager @ 519-836-0150)

Important Information

Documents relevant to ethical review (AUP or IACUC documents) can be pending at the time of Full Proposal submission, but will need approval before funds are released to successful applicants.

Guidelines from the agencies that provide the funds stipulate that projects must have relevance to Ontario's Racing Industry (Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Quarterhorse). Any stage of a racing horse's life is relevant, from breeding considerations, through the active career, to post career issues. Using other breeds as models is allowable, as long as the link to racing is clear. The Full Proposal template includes these instructions:
"Identify which sector of Ontario's Horse Racing Industry (Thoroughbred, Standardbred, Quarterhorse, other racing horses) will benefit from the research. Describe the nature of the benefit to the health or welfare of the horse, and any potential benefits to the industry itself. How and in what time frame will the benefits be delivered to the industry? (For example, will they be transmitted via veterinarians, or directly to owners? Will they be immediately available on completion or do they depend on further research or marketing initiatives?)"
Further details regarding the mechanics of the competition can be found in the Terms of Reference for the Equine Guelph Research Committee.

An external peer reviewer is defined as an expert in the field relevant to the Proposal who is not at the University of Guelph, nor has been an academic supervisor, recent student, or recent collaborator of the primary investigators on the proposal.