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). This grant supports scientists developing alternatives to the use of animals in biomedical research, safety testing and education.
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.
NAVS’ investment in IFER has provided funding for a wide range of innovative research projects, supporting scientists working in diverse areas of research, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, intestinal inflammation, toxicity testing and many others.
We 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.
In addition, IFER is currently accepting pre-proposals for the 2019-2020 grant cycle. If you know of any graduate student researchers who are developing alternatives to the use of animals in science, please let them know of this important funding opportunity.
Our ability to support outstanding graduate students dedicated to developing animal-free alternatives is limited only by our 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 our next grant cycle.