Area of investment and support

Area of investment and support: Welfare of managed animals

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is committed to ensuring high standards of welfare for all managed animals including farmed, laboratory, and companion. We encourage research that seeks to understand and promote the welfare of managed animals in the UK.

BBSRC’s standard research grant provides up to £2 million for projects in this priority area.
Partners involved:
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

The scope and what we're doing

Research in a variety of fields can contribute to the aim of this proposal. To fit within this priority, applications should state clearly the likely benefits of the research for animal welfare.

Research under this priority should seek to increase our knowledge of:

  • the basic behavioural, neurobiological, immune, metabolic, physiological and tissue responses of animals to their environmental conditions
  • the consequences of human intervention, genetic selection and management, including agricultural intensification, for the normal function of animals
  • the incidence and alleviation of disease, pain and mental disorders.

Areas within the priority include:

  • measures of welfare, including developing and validating new measures
  • welfare related health/disease
  • housing, husbandry, agricultural intensification and environmental impacts on welfare
  • the influence of production traits on animal welfare
  • relevant behaviour, cognition and perception
  • pain and nociception
  • the impact of early life challenges on development and long term health and welfare.


Research will inform strategies for improving the conditions and management of farmed, laboratory, companion and other managed animals, with particular reference to the current situation in the UK.


You should indicate how the research will inform policy and societal implications. We recognise the importance of multidisciplinary collaborations, partnerships and end user support in this area. The priority promotes basic research, but also encourages translation to practical applications, and you should outline your approach in terms of collaborations and engagement with end users.

Why we're doing it

We support research involving the use of animals and are committed to ensuring high standards of welfare for all managed animals (including farmed, laboratory, and companion).

We aim to encourage fundamental research that seeks to understand and promote the welfare of managed animals in the UK, including farmed, laboratory, and companion animals.

Opportunities, support and resources available

This is one of BBSRC’s priority areas for our standard research grant. You can apply at any time.

Apply for a BBSRC standard research grant.

Standard (sometimes known as ‘responsive’) funding opportunities are open to a wide range of research and approaches within BBSRC’s remit.

Find out more about applying for funding, what to include in your application, and animal use in research.

Who to contact

Luke Williams


Telephone: 01793 413318

Last updated: 17 August 2023

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