International Foundation for Ethical Research Graduate Fellowships
Author: Marilyn Matevia, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER), a program of the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), is now accepting pre-proposal applications for its 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowships. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm CDT on Monday, April 20, 2015.
IFER Graduate Fellowships are one-year grants of up to $15,000 apiece for projects that support the development, validation and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing or education. Grants are renewable annually for up to three years, dependent on student progress and availability of funds.
By funding early career researchers with an interest in developing innovative alternatives to animal experiments, NAVS and IFER hope to seed the scientific field with talented individuals prepared to integrate scientific discovery with ethics and respect for animals.
Recipients of IFER Graduate Fellowships, selected by IFER’s Scientific Advisory Board, have the potential to positively change the course of science by working to promote the advancement of humane methodologies that can spare animal suffering. Since 1985, grants totaling more than one million dollars have been awarded to promising young scientists who are developing alternatives to the use of animals in science.
Current IFER Graduate Fellowship recipients are conducting their work at some of North America’s most prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of British Columbia and several campuses of the University of California. Video testimonials of current recipients can be viewed at http://www.navs.org/funded-research.
More information on the IFER Graduate Fellowship program, including eligibility requirements, submission guidelines and downloadable applications, can be found on the IFER website at http://www.ifer.org/fellowships.php.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ETHICAL RESEARCH
Founded in 1985, the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) supports the development, validation and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing and education. IFER is a program of the National Anti-Vivisection Society.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ANTI-VIVISECTION SOCIETY
Founded in 1929, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) advances science without harming animals by promoting greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational and advocacy programs based on respected ethical, scientific and legal theory. NAVS works to increase public awareness about animal testing and experimentation, to promote positive solutions that advance science, to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals, and to effect changes that will help end the unnecessary suffering of laboratory animals. For more information, visit http://www.navs.org.
(See this “Spotlight” article for information about last year’s award recipients: http://alttox.org/ifer-funds-new-graduate-fellowships-research-development-alternatives-use-animals-science/)