UFAW Animal Welfare Research Award

(up to £50,000)

UFAW is making available an award of up to £50,000 to support innovative research activities anywhere in the world aimed at advancing animal welfare or improving our understanding of animal welfare challenges.

The award can be used to support research into welfare of farm, zoo, companion, and laboratory species, as well as wild or feral animals affected by human activities. Laudable as we think conservation is, UFAW does not fund research where the sole or primary aim is species conservation.

UFAW is particularly interested in applications that address the following challenges:

  • development of approaches to eliminate or alleviate significant welfare problems in farmed animals
  • development of methodologies aimed at elucidation of the neurological basis of sentience in animals
  • methods of welfare/quality of life assessment, including detection and alleviation of pain, distress, and cumulative lifetime experience 
  • development of methods for humane pest control
  • research aimed at improving the welfare of fish – especially those farmed or caught for food
  • systematic reviews and meta-analyses of key animal welfare issues

Applications for innovative work in other areas of animal welfare science will also be welcomed. The award can be used to cover research costs, salaries, student stipends or any combination thereof.

Applications will be accepted from any academic institution, research institute, non-governmental organisation, or private company that can perform independent scientific studies.

Application Procedure
Applications for this award are now closed.

Application for this award will be a two-stage process.

Initially, applicants are asked to submit a brief Concept Note by 29th November 2021 using the link below. Following assessment of Concept Notes, selected applicants will be invited (by mid-December 2021) to submit detailed proposals. Deadline for receipt of full applications will be 31st January 2022. Please note that an invitation to submit a detailed proposal is not a guarantee that the project will be funded.

Detailed proposals will be peer-reviewed and the comments will be shared with applicants to allow them to respond prior to final selection of the successful application. The panel may also call short-listed applicants for an online interview before making an award.

UFAW will announce the successful applicant by the end of March 2022, with the project aimed to start September 2022.