Funding opportunity: Pilot Study Grants for innovative animal-replacement research to advance human health

Pilot Study funding opportunity

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

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.

Up to £5,000 is available to support 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.

Guidance for applicants

To apply for one of our Pilot Study grants, please visit:

On this page you will find our grant application guide and policy documents which contain 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.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 April 2021.

For any queries relating to our Pilot Study grants, please contact Rebecca our Science Officer by email:

Animal Free Research UK is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity.  We fund and promote the development of human relevant techniques to replace the use of animals in biomedical research. Only those projects with the highest scientific calibre and the best potential for the replacement of animals are awarded funding.

Over the last 50 years, we have awarded £10M in grants to fund pioneering human relevant research, and we are currently funding 25 research projects into diseases including COVID-19, cancer, brain tumours, diabetes and dementia.

Animal Free Research UK is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive research environment where there is equal access to funding opportunities. We actively seek and encourage applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

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