HBLB Equine Grants System

Eligibility Criteria

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Introduction
The HBLB applies funds to Equine Veterinary Research Projects on the recommendation of its Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC).

Applications for funds are considered annually and grants are awarded through a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation process. If the proposed project, the prospective host institution or the Principal Investigator do not meet the eligibility criteria below, the HBLB will not consider the application.

Eligibility - Projects
The HBLB accepts applications for grants for strategic basic and applied or clinical Equine Veterinary Research Projects which aim to improve the health and welfare of horses, particularly the racing, breeding or rearing of theThoroughbred. Applications may be made in any relevant equine veterinary discipline.

The VAC will particularly welcome proposals for projects in the following strategic priority areas:


Eligibility - Institutions
Grants are awarded exclusively to institutions in England, Scotland and Wales. Eligible institutions are any of the following:
Applications from other types of institution may be considered.

* subject to evidence of satisfactory financial, management, research and regulation governance criteria.


Eligibility - Principal Investigators
The Principal Investigator (PI) should normally be one of the following.
Applications from other individuals may be considered.

Funding
Projects are funded for up to three years. Grants should commence within the calendar year of the award or as approved by the VAC. There are no set maximum or minimum amounts for grants awarded for individual research projects. In evaluating applications, the VAC looks for well-planned, realistic budgets.

For information on the amount of funding, please contact the HBLB Equine Grants Team. Guidance on eligible costs is shown in the table below.

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 reviews. The BHA also advises on the relevance of the proposal to the industry. The following key criteria are used in evaluation. The listing does not imply any order of importance. Other criteria also apply.
*The HBLB wishes to encourage new or young investigators and the absence of an established record will not count against them.

For further information on the evaluation process, please contact the HBLB Equine Grants Team.

Timetable
Applications will be accepted only before 2pm on Monday 20 June 2016. Funding decisions will not be made before December 2016. Projects should commence from 1 January 2017.

Personal Data
By submitting an eligibility check, you are consenting to the HBLB holding your personal data in its database(s) and processing the data in any way relevant to its interests in veterinary research funding. If you complete and submit a grant application, the HBLB will disclose the data to third parties where such disclosure is necessary to reach a decision on funding the application. If you do not consent to these things, do not proceed with an eligibility check.

HBLB research and education awards: eligible costs


Category

Research Projects

Small Projects

Scholarships

Post doc

Staff costs

Salaries are allowed for scientific and/or technical staff employed specifically to work on the project at 100% of their time or a lesser percentage

Annual increments are acceptable at a reasonable level

Salaries are NOT allowed for PIs or, normally, HEFCE/SHEFCE funded staff.

NOT allowed for PIs or, normally, HEFCE/SHECE funded staff

The Scholar is awarded a stipend fixed at the time of the award at rates comparable to Wellcome and informed by inflation.

NB stipends are tax free and no National Insurance is payable. Scholarship stipends are outside the scope of pension requirements.

The salary is fixed at the time of the award at a gross amount to include employers’ National Insurance and pension contributions. Inflationary increases are included as appropriate.

Fellows are responsible for paying their own income tax and National Insurance contributions.

Where the salaries of technical support staff are not included, costs may be included

Costs can be included for technical staff.

Costs for technical support staff may be included under the expenses allowance.

Costs for technical support staff may be included under the expenses allowance.

NB the Spinal Point system applies to all staff salaries

NB the Spinal Point system Is used to calculate technicians’ salaries

Overheads

Automatically set at 40% of total staff costs

Not allowed

Not allowed


Permitted at 40% of post doc salary costs

Travel

Allowable for PI, co-applicants and staff for travel related to the project

Allowable for PI, co-applicants and staff for travel related to the project

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance

HBLB tariff applies

HBLB tariff applies

HBLB tariff as guidance

HBLB tariff as guidance

Conference

Fees and

travel

Allowable for PI, co-applicants and staff to maximum of £2,000 per person


Not allowed

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Consumables

See items excluded 1

See items excluded 1

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Equipment

See items allowed 2

See items allowed 2

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Clinical Facilities and services for research purposes

Diagnostic procedures, Anaesthesia and surgical

services etc can be charged at up to 50% of the hospital or clinic’s usual clinical rate.


Laboratory sample processing within a Clinical Laboratory can be charged at up to 50% of the hospital or clinic’s usual clinical rate where individual sample processing can be justified. Storage and batch processing at cost is preferred if feasible.

Diagnostic procedures, Anaesthesia and surgical

services etc can be charged at up to 50% of the hospital or clinic’s usual clinical rate.


Laboratory sample processing within a Clinical Laboratory can be charged at up to 50% of the hospital or clinic’s usual clinical rate where individual sample processing can be justified. Storage and batch processing at cost is preferred if feasible.

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance


Animals

See terms 3

See terms 3

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance

Exam/tuition fees

Not allowed

Not allowed

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance

Not allowed


Publication costs

Up to £ 2,000 to fund open access

Not allowed

Up to £ 2,000 of the ‘expenses’ allowance to fund open access

Up to £ 2,000 of the ‘expenses’ allowance to fund open access

Books

Not allowed

Not allowed

Any costs to be included within the ‘expenses’ allowance

Not allowed

1 excluded: maintenance, running, insurance, other recurrent costs of equipment including computers. Any item of equipment >£1,000 must be specifically justified

Staff recruitment costs, general office costs inc secretarial/clerical unless project demands unusual level of assistance

2 permitted: capital, lease or hire cost of essential equipment provided not already available at host institution or collaborating institution

Access charges to such equipment at host or other institution

3 allowed: cost of breeding and maintaining at institution rate; and purchase cost minus expected sale income (if any)

not allowed: licence fees