Funding related to veterinary science studies, science or animals

Animal Welfare Foundation

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

British Egg Marketing Board Research and Education Trust

British Veterinary Nursing Association

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

The Digglers Charitable Trust

EBLEX (English beef and sheep industry)

European Research Council

Feline Friends

The Gen Foundation

Gilchrist Educational Trust

Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Veterinary Medcine

Horserace Betting Levy Board

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust

The Leatherseller's Company

Marie Curie Actions

Medical Research Council

The Moredun Foundation Scholarship

Petplan Charitable Trust

PetSavers Veterinary Grants

RCVS Knowledge

The Vegetarian Charity

The Wellcome Trust

 

Animal Welfare Foundation

The Animal Welfare Foundation supports research projects which make a practical difference to animal welfare in a relatively short time period. Grants ranging in value from £12 000 to £200 000 are available for research into the disease and welfare of horses, cattle and sheep.  Applications are welcome from academic or practice-based researchers, but not usually from undergraduates or for projects based outside the UK.

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Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

The BBSRC is a large funder of bioscience research, awarding around 2000 PhD students each year, amouting to a total of £43.5 million funded per annum. Its strategic priorities are food security, bioenergy and industrial biotechnology, and bioscience underpinning health and aging.

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British Egg Marketing Board Research and Education Trust

A small number of grants, including a PhD scholarship offered every other year, are available towards scientific research into hen and duck production and marketing.

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British Veterinary Nursing Association

BVNA work alongside numerous companies and institutions to award a number of bursaries each year with the aim of assisting students or qualified Veterinary Nurses.

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The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Defra funds around 1000 evidence projects each year, covering research in natural and social sciences, as well as projects on economic analysis, monitoring, testing and surveillance activities.

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The Digglers Charitable Trust

The Digglers Charitable Trust aims to improve animal welfare, and assist veterinary undergraduates studying as a second degree.  A bursary scheme is available which allows the students to collect monies on behalf of the charity which then undertakes to pass it on to the veterinary faculty to help pay undergraduate fees. The charity also aims to pass on the Gift Aid associated with the donations. The charity, if accumulated funds allow, plans to make grants available for these students. For more information, please contact the Digglers by email admin@thedigglers.co.uk

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EBLEX (English beef and sheep industry)

EBLEX represents beef and sheep levy payers in England, and funds research and development to promote efficiency throughout the beef and sheep supply chain, including the areas of animal health, climate change and genetic selection.  Some studentships are available as well as funding by tender or proposal.

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European Research Council

ERC Grants support individual researchers from anywhere in the world, wishing to carry out their research in the 28 EU Member States or associated countries. Starting Grants of up to €2 million for 5 years are offered to researchers with 2-7 years experience after their PhD.  Larger amounts are offered for Consolidation Grants (7-12 years experience after a PhD) and Advanced Grants (for leaders in a field).

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Feline Friends

Feline Friends funds specific research projects regarding the welfare of cats which have not been undertaken elsewhere in the world.

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The Gen Foundation

The Gen Foundation awards grants to students and researchers in the biological, chemical, botanical and food sciences.  Applicants must hold a bachelor degree or equivalent.  Grants range between £500 and £5000.

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Gilchrist Educational Trust

Educational grants are offered to individuals, organisations and expeditions. A £15 000 fieldwork award is offered every second year to scientists or academics in the UK.

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Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Veterinary Medicine

The Higher Education Academy supports the large network of learning and teaching practitioners involved in veterinary medicine and science throughout the UK. By providing funding, events and resources they create a large number of opportunities to network with learning and teaching practitioners from a variety of institutions and roles.

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Horserace Betting Levy Board

The HBLB collects a statutory levy from the horseracing business of bookmakers.  Some of these funds are awarded as grants and scholarships that contribute to the health and wellbeing of Thoroughbreds.  In 2014/2015, £1,743,000 was distributed to veterinary research and education.

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The Kennel Club Charitable Trust

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust provides grants for organisations specifically involved in canine welfare, rescue and support. Grants are rarely made to individuals and not to political organisations.

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The Leatherseller's Company

The Leatherseller’s Company offers educational grants to individuals and charitable grants to organisations.  Educational grants of up to £4000 per annum are given to exceptional students of full-time degrees at a UK university, who are in financial need.  Priority is given to students in the Greater London area, students of subjects connected with the leather trade, or students with an intention to take Holy Orders.  Charitable grants are awarded to UK registered charities or educational organisations, and priority is again given to Greater London and to relevance to the leather trade. 

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Marie Curie Actions

Marie Curie Fellowships are European research grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous research funding scientists have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector.

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Medical Research Council

The MRC’s mission is to improve human health through world class medical research.  Funding is available including fellowships and studentships.

Money isn’t given to the student directly.  The student is advised to contact the institution at which they wish to study.

They support around 1,900 PhD students at any one time.

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The Moredun Foundation Scholarship

The Moredun Foundation supports scholarships each year to provide an opportunity for individuals to pursue a short term project to broaden their education and experience in areas relating to livestock health and welfare and the agricultural industry. 

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Petplan Charitable Trust

Full scientific grants and ‘pump primer’ grants (to fund initial research) are awarded each year to promote the health and welfare of animals.  In 2015, the total value of grants was £7,000,000.

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PetSavers Veterinary Grants

Petsavers funds clinical research on small animals.  There are currently two types of grants – grants for Masters Degrees by Research, and grants for clinical research projects.  Funding of clinical research projects is available for between £1000 and £8000.

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RCVS Knowledge

Our grant programmes support projects that contribute to animal wellbeing through the development of resources, initiatives and research that build the evidence base of veterinary science. We support projects that are of immediate value to practising veterinary healthcare professionals and that directly contribute to evidence based clinical decision-making. We do not provide funding for tuition fees, CPD or general charity appeals.

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The Vegetarian Charity

Individuals who are vegetarian or vegan and under the age of 26 can apply for a grant of around £500 towards their education.

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The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust invests around £600 million pounds a year, aiming to fund the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities, to improve human and animal health.  Their funding is directed towards research, application of research and medicine in culture. 

 

Other funders

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Funding for women

Funding for financial need or hardship, parents or carers

Funding for specific locations, groups or nationalities

General educational funding

Information and support services

 

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