COVID-19 – A message for Grant Holders

Read a message to our grant holders from Carla Owen, Chief Executive

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Apply for funding

We award grants to scientists in universities, hospitals and research organisations following a rigorous and independent peer-reviewed selection procedure.

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With your help, we can free animals from laboratories for good.

Your donation will help save animals and help develop better treatments for devastating diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.



There were 3.4 million experiments on animals in the UK in 2019 (latest Home Office statistics)

Every minute of every day, 6 animals are used in research in the UK

We have awarded grants to over 260 research projects since our foundation in 1970

A gift in your will to Animal Free Research UK is leaving a truly, lasting legacy: our tireless work saving animals from experiments will continue because of your kindness.

If you are considering leaving us a gift, thank you. We couldn’t do our important work without your support.

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Accelerating animal free research

Achieving a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering is going to take transformational change in legislation and regulations governing medical research. That’s why Animal Free Research UK is working to ensure our issue gains a prominent place on the political agenda.

On World Vegan Day we unite to end animal cruelty

On Sunday  – November 1  –  we’ll be joining the 600,000 people across the UK choosing a plant-based diet to celebrate World Vegan Day, and the start of World Vegan Month.

Why Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR should be the game-changer for animals

Animal Free Research UK’s CEO Carla Owen and Science Manager Dr Alpesh Patel explain, CRISPR can be a game-changer for humans but also for animals – if researchers have the courage and imagination to do things differently.