UPDATE: The application period for the 2014 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences is closed. Please check back or contact us for information about 2015 funding.
NEAVS and our affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR)*, proudly announce our latest joint effort, the Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. This $40,000 postdoctoral award continues our commitment to alternatives and to the scientists committed to them. Funding begins in 2014.
The award will go to a woman working to develop, use, or validate non-animal alternatives to advance women’s health and/or understanding of sex-based differences in research. Visit our updated AFAAR website, alternativestoanimalresearch.org, for more information or download the announcement for posting at universities and medical centers in your area.
Why women, women’s health, and sex differences?
1. Just as research from other species does not translate to humans, research on men often does not even apply to women! Documenting this bolsters our argument against the use of other species to purportedly benefit human health. To learn more read “Biological Sex Differences: Implications for Biomedical Research and Animal Use” by NEAVS Science Advisor Jarrod Bailey, PhD.
2. Studies show women are more likely to oppose the harmful use of animals in research, testing, and education than men. As such, animal use often discourages or diverts women from science careers. In NIH’s 2007 Intramural Research Program, women made up only 29% of tenure-track investigators and held just 19% of tenured senior investigator appointments. And, women scientists are funded less and have lower salaries. This inequality contributes to status quo science and must be challenged.
By highlighting how different even males and females of the same species can be in research data, the Fellowship Grant’s pioneering approach is a significant contribution to the evidence that will one day end research on animals.
*NEAVS oversees and manages all AFAAR programs.