Wellcome grants involving animal research 2017/18

We support the use of animals in the research we fund if researchers can show that it is legally, ethically and scientifically justified. 

This is our analysis of Wellcome grants involving animal research between October 2017 and September 2018.

Grant analysis

The chart below shows the percentage of grants we’ve awarded over the past five years that have involved the use of animals.

17.6% of the grants we awarded in 2017/18 involved animal research.

Breakdown of animals by species

Mice are the most-used species in Wellcome-funded research, accounting for 83.4% in 2017/18.

Xenopus frogs make up the next largest proportion (11.6%). 

No new funding was provided for research involving non-human primates in 2017/18. 

Other species include:

  • cats
  • chickens
  • cows
  • dogs
  • guinea pigs
  • molluscs
  • pigs
  • rabbits
  • sheep.

About the data

This data is an estimation, based on the number of animals specified in grant applications.

The data fluctuates because the applications we receive and fund vary each year. This means it's difficult to identify underlying drivers or clear patterns in the figures.

We’ve taken steps to improve our reporting for 2017/18. In previous years, our Seed Award and Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship schemes didn’t include the necessary fields in the application form to allow us to report on the numbers – which resulted in small gaps in our final figures. 

The forms have now been updated, but the changes were made partway through the financial year and so some small gaps in the data may still exist. 

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