Animal Free Research UK funds research that directly impacts the replacement of animals in biomedical research. Our aim is the replacement of animals in fundamental biomedical research as well as proving that valuable human-relevant science can take place without animals.
We support scientists to develop techniques that replace experiments on living animals. All the projects that we fund must have the potential to advance the development, validation or application of non-animal methods in biomedical research or teaching, as replacements for current animal experiments.
Only research that is directly relevant to human health will be funded by Animal Free Research UK. Acceptable scientific approaches may include, the use of human volunteers, epidemiology, human cell lines, ex vivo or primary human tissues or cells, microorganisms, plants, human sub-cellular components in vitro, biophysical and biochemical analytical techniques or computer technology.
Research that requires or involves the use of animals in any way, even though the ultimate aim may be to replace their use, will not be supported. We will not fund the purchase or maintenance of animals or animal-derived biomaterials for any reason.
We define the term animal as including all organisms of the Kingdom Animalia (excluding Humans), not only the animals that are protected under the Animals in Scientific Procedures Act 1986.
Animal Free Research UK offers support for the following roles and activities:
(i) PhD Studentships
(ii) Research Associates
(iii) Research Assistants or Technicians
(iv) Pilot Study Grants
(v) Summer Studentships & Fellowships
The Summer Studentship is open for students who have not yet finished their undergraduate degree, but have completed at least 2 years of a relevant degree.
The Summer Fellowship is for individuals who have completed their undergraduate (BSc) or MSc degree and will potentially be continuing with their studies in the future.
All summer schemes projects must be directed towards replacing the use of animals in current procedures.