As part of our long-standing commitment to advancing science without harming animals, each year, thanks to your generosity, NAVS awards a grant to the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) to support graduate students who are developing alternatives to the use of animals in biomedical research, safety testing and education. We believe in supporting scientists who are at the earliest stages of their careers that have an interest in integrating scientific discovery with respect for animals. This support is critical for the development of non-animal methodologies.
Our investment in IFER has provided funding for a wide range of innovative research projects, supporting scientists working in diverse areas of research including cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, intestinal inflammation, toxicity testing and many others.
IFER provides fellowships to the best and brightest graduate students who share NAVS’ vision of promoting humane scientific advancements while sparing animal suffering. The students are selected as Graduate Student Fellowship recipients during a rigorous process in which IFER’s Science Advisors choose projects based on their scientific merit, as well as for the likely impact the research will have on the reduction, refinement or replacement of animal use. Priority is given to projects most likely to replace animal use.
Currently, IFER Science Advisors are in the process of reviewing applications for the 2019-2020 grant cycle and have narrowed down the field of applicants from sixteen to five. They are also determining which of the current fellowship recipients will have their funding renewed for the upcoming grant cycle. The Advisors will be convening at the end of this month to rank the proposals and will present their recommendations to IFER’s Board of Directors in September.
IFER Science Advisors would like to fund all of the high-quality proposals that they receive. However, the ability to support outstanding graduate students dedicated to developing animal-free alternatives is limited only by available funding. Please consider making a donation today to help NAVS and IFER continue funding smarter, human-relevant science that does not harm animals, and to enable us to fund even more fellowships during this next grant cycle.
We also invite you to learn more about the cutting-edge research that we are funding this year. During the 2018-2019 grant cycle, fellowships were awarded to four new graduate students. One former fellowship recipient also had his funding renewed. Please visit the NAVS website to see and hear from the graduate students who are developing human-relevant, animal-free alternatives.