Refinement Grants to Improve the Welfare of Animals in Research

Animal Welfare Institute

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,500

Anticipated deadline: Oct 10, 2020

Applicant type: Research Scientist Undergraduate Student Unaffiliated Researcher Postdoctoral Researcher Graduate Student Faculty

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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AWI: Animals in Laboratories

In the United States, research, testing and education is conducted with millions of animals each year. See fundamentals for basic information regarding research conducted with animals.

Since its founding, AWI has sought to improve the care and handling of animals before, during and after experimentation. For our position statement, see Animal Welfare Institute Policy on Research and Testing with Animals.

Both the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the US Department of Health and Human Service’s National Institutes of Health provide some measure of regulatory oversight of animals in research. To learn more about the requirements and the limits of the protections, see Federal Regulation.

Refinement Grants: Promoting Ideas to Improve the Welfare of Animals in Research.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) offers grants of up to $10,000* to develop and test innovative methods of refinement to the care, husbandry and housing of animals in research to improve their welfare.

*Additional funding of up to $500 may be provided, upon request, to defray travel costs for presentation of accepted abstracts or talks at national meetings (i.g., AALAS Annual Conference, SCAW Forum, PRIM&R IACUC Conference, etc.).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To qualify for the award, applicants must be based in and the project must be conducted in the United States or Canada.
  • Proposals may be part of other research projects, but the portion included in the proposal should be broadly applicable and must be completed within one year (shorter durations are encouraged). 
  • Salaries or stipends may be included in the proposal.


  • Projects that inflict avoidable stress or involve killing animals will not be funded.
  • It is AWI policy that no award funds can be used for indirect costs or for the purchase of animals, unless they will be rehomed at the end of the study.