The Dr Hadwen Trust is inviting grant applications for proposals to develop, validate or implement non-animal methods that contribute to the replacement of animal experiments in medical research.
The organisation has a budget of GBP400,000 on offer for proposals directed at replacing the use of living animals in current procedures.
Research that requires or involves the use of living animals in any way, even though the ultimate aim may be to replace their use, will not be supported.
The organisation also does not offer grants for research that uses (non-human) animal cells, animal tissues or animal cell lines.
Acceptable approaches may include human cells, human cell lines, human tissues, micro-organisms, human sub-cellular components, in vitro techniques, physico-chemical techniques, computer modelling, clinical studies or epidemiology.
Proposals to replace animals in all areas of medical research are welcome.
Priority will be given to proposals that aim to replace procedures on animals that can cause substantial pain and suffering, and/or have the potential to replace large numbers of animals.
On this occasion, the Dr Hadwen Trust is especially (but not solely) interested in: tissue engineering and advanced cell culture techniques; computer modelling; systems biology; disease models; research into Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease; infectious diseases; cancer research; cardiovascular research; replacement of animal antibodies; replacement of animal serum in research; or methods to promote the replacement of animal serum.
However, proposals in other research fields are also welcome, if they have the potential to replace animal experiments.
Grants are available for a maximum of GBP45,000 per annum for up to three years, inclusive of salary, consumables and equipment (in other words, awards will not exceed GBP135,000 over three years).
Grants for research proposals of shorter duration than three years will be considered pro rata.
Applications for one-year pilot studies at a maximum of GBP45,000 are also welcome.
As a registered charity, the Dr Hadwen Trust does not award full economic costing and only provides funds for direct research costs.