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Survey on the use of models in research

UKRI-BBSRC is consulting the research community (including academic, industrial and other researchers) on their current use of experimental systems or models for human and animal research, as well as their future perspectives.

The overall purpose of this consultation is to gain a better understanding of this complex area, examine the use of models in research and innovation, identify barriers that might be stifling this area, identify strengths and weaknesses of currently available models in research and define unmet needs in this area.

The anticipated long-term outcome is to ensure that ‘right’ experimental model is being used for the ‘right’ purpose in research e.g.:

  • Reproducibility of the research conducted using animal and non-animal models.
  • Relevance of these systems to recapitulate the areas of interest
  • Limitations on the availability of appropriate systems to answer important research questions
  • The extent to which the refinement, reduction and replacement of animals in research is affecting the choice and availability of models in research.

The survey report will be published on our website following discussion with UKRI-BBSRC’s Bioscience for Integrated Understanding of Health Strategy Advisory Panel.

This survey comprises 30 questions, but you will not be asked all questions. It is most likely that you will be asked 20 to 25 questions, depending on your responses. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. We thank you in advance for your input.

All information submitted to UKRI-BBSRC will be treated in confidence. Non-attributable comments from the survey comments may be used in subsequent activities, e.g. included in internal and external publications on this topic.

To complete the survey, please see: SurveyMonkey: Use of Models in Research. This survey will remain open until 28 June.

If you have any questions about the survey, or experience any problems filling it out, please contact:


Luke Williams