Use of animals in research

We recognise that the carefully regulated use of animals in research is important in understanding disease and in developing safe and effective ways of preventing or treating illness.

We also recognise the need for robust application of the 3Rs – that animals are replaced with non-animal alternatives wherever possible, that the number of animals used is reduced to the minimum needed to achieve the results sought, and that, for those animals which must be used, procedures are refined as much as possible to minimise their suffering.

We therefore support the Government’s policies on research using animals set out in Working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research.

We work in close partnership with the Medical Research Council which funds animal research in carefully defined circumstances.

Our funding is focused on clinical and applied health and care research. We therefore do not fund basic research or work involving animals and/or animal tissue.