Welfare of managed animals


We support research involving the use of animals and is committed to ensuring high standards of welfare for all managed animals (including farmed, laboratory, and companion).


To encourage fundamental research that seeks to understand and promote the welfare of managed animals in the UK, including farmed, laboratory, and companion animals. Researchers, whose focus of research may not be welfare, are also encouraged to look for opportunities within their proposed programmes of research to improve the welfare of managed animals.

Scientific scope

Research in a variety of fields can contribute the aim of this proposal; to fit within this priority, applications should state clearly the likely benefits of the research for animal welfare. Research under this priority should seek to increase our knowledge of:

Areas within the priority include:

Outputs and impacts

Research will inform strategies for improving the conditions and management of farmed, laboratory, companion and other managed animals, with particular reference to the current situation in the UK.

Pathways to impact

Applicants should demonstrate awareness of, and the potential to inform policy and societal implications. We recognise the importance of multidisciplinary collaborations, partnerships and end user support in this area. The priority promotes basic research, but also encourages translation to practical applications and applicants should outline their approach in terms of collaborations and engagement with end users.

Ethical and other issues

Applicants are expected to adhere to the general principles and best practice outlined in the Responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research guidance (see related links), and the ARRIVE (Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments) guidelines (see external links).