AWI Implementing Refinement Grant

mice with enrichment - photo by Lexis Ly (UBC Animal Welfare Program)

Supporting the Implementation of Existing Refinements to Improve the Welfare of Animals in Research

Now through June 1, 2023, AWI is accepting applications for its Implementing Refinement Grant. AWI offers grants of up to US$8,000 toward the purchase of equipment or training of staff for the purpose of refining the care, husbandry, and/or housing of animals in research to improve their welfare.

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Application Deadline

  • The grant is currently open for applications. Proposals are due by 11:59 PDT on Thursday, June 1, 2023.
  • If you would like to receive an email notification when the submission process begins each year, please send an email to You will be able to remove yourself from this email list at any time.

Application Requirements

  • This grant is open only to residents of the United States and Canada for equipment and/or training intended for use in the United States and Canada.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form, a resume/CV, and a letter of support/recommendation. Click here to access the online application form and click here to preview the form.
  • Grant funds may not be used for indirect costs (e.g., overhead).

Additional Information

  • Grant notifications will be sent in late June 2023.
  • Proposed refinements must be implemented within one year of receiving funds.
  • Depending on the complexity of the proposed refinement and/or the applicants’ existing expertise using such equipment, AWI may choose initially to fund the purchase of a smaller amount of equipment for applicants to pilot/trial before funding the rest.
  • Grant recipients agree to submit a 250-word summary and photograph(s) describing the refinement implementation process and results. This summary may be edited for potential publication, with the recipient’s approval, in the AWI Quarterly magazine. Summaries for the June 2023 grant recipients will be due no later than August 31, 2024.
  • For additional information, please contact

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