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Funding related to veterinary science studies, science or animals
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.
The BBSRC is a large funder of bioscience research, awarding around 2,000 PhD students each year, amounting 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 ageing.
A small number of grants, including a PhD scholarship offered every two years, are available towards scientific research into hen and duck production and marketing.
The British Hen Welfare Trust offers student bursaries and small grants for projects that will improve or benefit the quality of health, welfare or longevity of pet hens.
BVNA works alongside numerous companies and institutions to award a number of bursaries each year with the aim of assisting students or qualified veterinary nurses.
Defra funds around 1,000 evidence projects each year, covering research in natural and social sciences, as well as projects on economic analysis, monitoring, testing and surveillance activities.
The Digglers Charitable Trust aims to improve animal welfare, and to 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 onto 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ERC grants support individual researchers from anywhere in the world, who wish 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).
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 £5,000.
Educational grants are offered to individuals, organisations and expeditions. A £15,000 fieldwork award is offered every two years to scientists or academics in the UK.
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, the academy creates a large number of opportunities to network with learning and teaching practitioners from a variety of institutions and roles.
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.
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.
The Leatherseller’s Company offers educational grants to individuals and charitable grants to organisations. Educational grants of up to £500 per year 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.
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.
The MRC’s mission is to improve human health through world-class medical research. Funding is available including fellowships and studentships. Funds are not provided to the student directly; the student is advised to contact the institution at which they wish to study. The MRC supports around 1,900 PhD students at any one time.
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.
PetSavers funds clinical research specifically designed to advance knowledge of conditions affecting small animals kept as pets, with the ultimate aim of advancing the understanding of the cause and / or management of a clinical disorder. Projects are selected in the hope that study results will have a rapid and positive impact on the way diseases are diagnosed, managed and treated in general practice, as well as at a specialist level.
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.
Individuals who are vegetarian or vegan and under the age of 26 can apply for a grant of around £500 towards their education.
Wellcome 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. Funding is directed towards research, application of research, and medicine in culture.