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Animal Welfare Research Network call for members

Copyright: Laura Haddon

A new call for members is now available on our Animal Welfare Research Network page.

Call status: Closed
Previous call: 5 January 2015 – 24 March 2015

Funding total

£100k granted to the network over a 3 year period.

Number of members funded

154 applications were received from both individuals and interested groups/ organisations.


To foster multi-disciplinary collaborations that will add benefit to animal welfare research by creating links between animal welfare researchers and the broader academic community. Also to provide opportunities for mentoring early career researchers and to promote the strength of animal welfare research as a discipline that spans from basic science to implementation.

Key aims

The network will aim to:

  • Foster collaboration between animal welfare researchers and the broader academic community, facilitate new research collaborations and initiate collaborative bids for funding
  • Establish effective interactions with industry and other relevant stakeholders, and improve understanding of stakeholder needs
  • Facilitate sharing of existing knowledge, training, data and facilities through co-ordination activities such as workshops
  • Expand UK capability in data sharing and analysis
  • Provide a supportive environment for mentoring students and early-career researchers
  • Identify UK research strengths, priorities and gaps taking account of the international context
  • Provide a forum for discussion of novel tools, technologies and measures of welfare to facilitate welfare research
  • Encourage links to international networks
  • Develop a website and/or other social networking site as a focus for communication and promotion of animal welfare science

In addition, the network will provide a forum to learn about funding opportunities and relevant stakeholder events


  • Networking through a range of activities (both virtual and real) directed at various levels (senior researchers, post-doctorate and post-graduate) including symposia and workshops
  • Landscape analysis of animal welfare research in the UK
  • Identification of research gaps and future priorities
  • High impact multi-disciplinary proposals
  • Closer collaboration with Industry reflected in research applications
  • Strengthen links with international groups, and promote more collaboration


  • Feeding into the development of a strategic research agenda, taking advantage of the breadth of knowledge of the Network
  • Uptake of new tools/technologies for welfare research
  • Raising the profile of welfare research within the academic community
  • Improved sharing of data and facilities
  • Improved communication between welfare researchers and industry

Related calls: animal welfare collaboration early career industry knowledge exchange multidisciplinary people skills and training