Refinement and Environmental Enrichment Grant

Animal Welfare Institute

Grant amount: Up to US $9,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 11, 2018 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: 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.

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

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) offers grants to develop and test innovative methods of refinement and/or environmental enrichment to improve the welfare of animals in research.

Award recipients must agree to submit their results for presentation, either in an appropriate journal or at a widely attended scientific meeting. 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.


  • 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.