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Pilot Study Grants

Pilot Study Grants

2021 applications open!

Animal Free Research UK is awarding Pilot Study Grants to explore new ideas in animal-replacement research that could advance human health.

Pilot Study Grants of £5,000 provide short-term support for proof-of-concept studies for up to a maximum of 12 months. In 2021, we will be funding up to 10 one-year pilot studies.

The purpose of these grants is to allow researchers to explore new ideas in replacement research that might merit further development, and to enable the collection of sufficient data to assist in securing larger funding from Animal Free Research UK or other funding organisations. Pilot study grants are not available to ‘top-up’ existing research projects.

Apply for a Pilot Study Grant through our online application portal now

We only accept applications through our online application portal. You will need to register for an account, which will allow you to return to and edit your application at any stage before submission.

Start a new Pilot Study Grant application

Continue your grant application

You must submit your complete application before the deadline at 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021. The online portal will not accept applications after this time, even if they have been partially completed before the deadline.

There is no need to send us a hard (printed) copy of the application or other associated documentation.

Guidance for Applicants

Please view our grant application guide and policy documents for full information and guidance on the grant application process – including the types and purpose of our grants, what we will and wont fund, who can apply, application proposal requirements and submission process.

For additional queries please see our answers to the most frequently asked questions about our current grants call or contact

Primary scientists must not engage in research that contravenes Animal Free Research UK’s Policies, Regulations and Conditions of Support.

Grant Application Guide (.pdf)

Policies, Regulations and Conditions (.pdf)


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