Annual Review

Our Year in Review

2021 was a year of both great and incremental change towards a kinder science – and all of it has been made possible by your support.
View our 2021 Annual Review.
In 2021 we:

We funded pioneering research

We continued to fund the development of pioneering medical research that places ethics at the heart of the science of human disease. 20p in every £1 was spent on new research projects during the year.

We invested in young scientists

Enabling the career pathway of exceptional scientists. Last year we funded 32 early career scientists, including 8 PhD students, 4 post docs, 9 Pilot Study grants and 11 Summer Students.

We grew public awareness

We grew public awareness of our work launching our inaugural World Animal Free Research Day on 27th May and launching our Furry Five animated series, helping to establish empathy for animals.

We made an important discovery

Scientists at our Animal Replacement Centre of Excellence (ARC) 2.0 at the University of Exeter were able to make a major discovery in our understanding of diabetes, using human cells.

The work at ARC 2.0 has been groundbreaking in finding the gene responsible for changing insulin-producing beta cells in response to ageing – which could lead to new diabetes treatments.

We demanded bold action

We were busy urging the UK Government to show global leadership and seize the scientific and economic opportunities for animal free research

With your support 67 MPs signed Early Day Motion 674, following our Modernising Medical Research report recommendation to establish a ministerial role within Government focused on replacing animals with human relevant techniques.

Read our full Annual Review 2021

2021 has been one of both great and incremental change towards a kinder science – and it has been made possible by your support.

We’ll now build on the breakthroughs we’ve made these past 12 months and make our vision of a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering a reality.

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