We will always try to find an alternative to using animals in research.
As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), in principal we support the use of animals in research when there is no alternative that can be used to find out the same information.
We do not take the decision to fund this research lightly. We use expert peer review to ensure that we fund only high-quality research where the benefits to people and animal health outweigh any harms to animals and we only fund research which complies with the law and support the principle of the 3Rs to refine, reduce and replace the use of animals in research.
We recognise that not everybody is comfortable with the use of animals in research. We work together through the AMRC to continually review our funding practices and engage with the wider scientific community to encourage better practice and the development of alternatives to animal use.