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Animal use in research

This page provides information and resources on the use of animals in research, to be considered when applying for funding from BBSRC.

Whilst we endeavour to keep this page ‘live’ and up-to-date, please be aware that legislation and guidance does change and it is your responsibly to ensure you are compliant with this.

Our grants guide provides detailed information on how to approach the use of animals in research in your application and where to include this information in Je-S.

BBSRC research grants: The guide (PDF 528KB)

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BBSRC position statements

Our position on the use of animals in bioscience research can be found below:

The use of animals in research – the position of BBSRC (PDF 64KB)

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Our position on the use of genetically modified animals can be found below:

Responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), BBSRC, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Medical Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Wellcome Trust have produced this document to clarify their expectations with regard to responsibility in the use of vertebrate animals in bioscience research:

Responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research (PDF 4.49MB)

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Experimental Design Assistant (EDA)

When considering the experimental design of their projects, applicants may find it helpful to utilise the Experimental Design Assistant (EDA), a free access tool from NC3Rs:

Choosing contractors for animal research (including overseas)

The NC3Rs have developed a resource to assist researchers in finding appropriate contractors for conducting animal research; this resource is particularly helpful when considering animal use in research being conducted overseas:

These two NC3Rs resources are available on the NC3Rs: Peer review and advice service hub that also contains background information on the review process and tips for applicants whose proposal will be reviewed by the NC3Rs.

Signed statement requirement

All applications involving animal research conducted overseas are required to submit a signed statement. This is to confirm that this research would be conducted in accordance with regulatory systems in the UK (and applicable regulation in the host country). In addition, applications involving the use of rodents abroad must complete the checklist.

Please note, these additional documents are not required for applications that only involve animal research being carried out in the UK.

Rodent use overseas

In addition to the signed statement, applications involving the use of rodents overseas must upload the “Additional questions on the use of rodents overseas” form:

Use of pigs in research

All applicants carrying out research involving the use of pigs are required to address the NC3Rs standardised pig questions within the body of the application:

NC3Rs: Standardised questions on the use of pigs (PDF 27KB)

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Further information on animal use can be found on our Animals in bioscience research page.