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Animal Use in Research

Animal Use in Research

This page provides information and resources on the use of animals in research, to be considered when applying for funding from BBSRC.

Whilst we endeavour to keep this page ‘live’ and up-to-date, please be aware that legislation and guidance does change and it is your responsibly to ensure you are compliant with this.

The BBSRC Grants Guide provides detailed information on how to approach the use of animals in research in your BBSRC submission and where to include this information in JeS.

BBSRC position statements

BBSRC’s position on the use of animals in bioscience research can be found here:

BBSRC’s position on the use of genetically modified animals can be found here:

Responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Medical Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Wellcome Trust have produced this document to clarify their expectations with regard to responsibility in the use of vertebrate animals in bioscience research:

RCUK guidance

All applicants for Research Council funding for research using animals should familiarise themselves with the overarching RCUK guidance:

Experimental Design Assistant (EDA)

When considering the experimental design of their projects, applicants may find it helpful to utilise the Experimental Design Assistant (EDA), a free access tool from the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs):

Choosing contractors for animal research (including overseas)

The NC3Rs have developed a resource to assist researchers in finding appropriate contractors for conducting animal research; this resource is particularly helpful when considering animal use in research being conducted overseas:

Signed statement requirement

All applications involving animals are required to submit a signed statement, confirming that they have utilised guidance and adhere to regulatory systems in the UK (and where appropriate, overseas):

Rodent use overseas

In addition to the signed statement, applications involving the use of rodents overseas must upload the “Additional questions on the use of rodents overseas” form:

Use of pigs in research

All applicants carrying out research involving the use of pigs are required to address the NC3Rs standardised pig questions within the body of the application:

Further information on animal use can be found on our Use of animals in bioscience research page: