You can bring hope to the future of humane animal free research.

And hope to millions of people affected by conditions like diabetes.


Animal free research, like our diabetes project at the University of Exeter, is proving that we don’t need to harm animals to cure our diseases.


Our projects will change the way many scientists and researchers regard using animals – and herald a new age of humane research.


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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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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 2.88 million experiments on animals in the UK in 2020 (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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Harvard University’s Dr Donald Ingber awarded Animal Free Research UK’s Pioneer Award

Dr Ingber  – who helped create organ-on-a-chip technology that has advanced medical research – will receive the specially commissioned accolade during Animal Free Research UK’s international Science Conference in Birmingham next month, December 14-15th, and will give a keynote speech.

Animal Free Research UK appoints Prof Michael Balls as Honorary Scientific Advisor

A champion of non-animal test methods in toxicity and safety testing, he takes up the voluntary role with immediate effect, and will offer his decades of experience direct to the charity’s CEO Carla Owen and Science Director Dr Jarrod Bailey. 

Exeter University researchers make breakthrough in loss of insulin-producing cells in diabetics

New research carried out by Exeter University and charity Animal Free Research UK has found important insights into the changes that can occur in insulin-producing cells  – known as beta cells –  in people with diabetes which could help protect them and find new ways to treat the condition.