COVID-19 – A message for Grant Holders

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

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

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



There were 3.5 million experiments on animals in the UK in 2018 (latest Home Office statistics)

Every minute of every day, 7 animals are used in research in the UK

We have awarded grants to over 250 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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COVID-19 Open Letter

Animal Free Research UK is one of almost 100 leading experts this week calling for advanced animal free research methods to be prioritised to accelerate the discovery of effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

Organs-on-a-chip for COVID-19

We all want to do our bit to help the COVID-19 effort, which is why I’m proud to announce a new partnership between the company I founded, Kirkstall Ltd, and Animal Free Research UK.  Together we are today launching a call for proposals from UK scientists centred around the use of innovative organ-on-a-chip technology. 

Why a new COVID-19 diagnostic test is urgently needed 

We are in the midst of a major pandemic with COVID-19. Such major outbreaks seem to occur about every 200 years, although in recent years we have experienced a number of epidemics based largely around mutation of viruses.

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