Research and Education

One of UFAW's priorities is to promote and support high quality science that will lead to substantial advances in animal welfare, and to promote education in animal welfare - particularly at the university and college level.


A lack of knowledge and understanding of animals' environmental and psychological needs, and how these can be recognised and met, remains greater than is often assumed. A great deal of both fundamental and applied research remains to be done in these areas.

Awards are made to support a wide range of project types:

  • Research Fellowships
  • Research Training Scholarships
  • Student Scholarships
  • Small Project and Travel Awards
  • Research and Major Project Awards

More information on UFAW grants and awards


Improvements in animal welfare come from greater understanding of animals' needs, and the development of skills and experience in detecting physical and psychological aspects of poor welfare.

In addition to the Student Scholarships and Research Training Scholarships for university and college students, UFAW promotes animal welfare education in a variety of ways, including:

  • Publication of the quarterly scientific journal Animal Welfare.
  • Publication of reports, handbooks, videos and books (including the UFAW/Wiley Blackwell Animal Welfare Series).
  • Running workshops and symposia.
  • Lecturing at universities and colleges.
  • Providing financial support for other national and international initiatives.
  • Operating the UFAW University Links Scheme – an international network of links in universities and colleges aimed at promoting interest and activity in animal welfare science.