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Application period now open for NEAVS/AFAAR fellowship grant challenging status quo animal research

Application period now open for NEAVS/AFAAR fellowship grant challenging status quo animal research

UPDATE: The application period is now closed. Please continue to check back to learn about the next round of funding.

NEAVS and our affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR), continue our legacy of supporting scientists committed to non-animal research with the 2015-16 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. Applications are now being accepted.

The annual $40,000 postdoctoral award goes 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 results. For application instructions, visit the AFAAR website or email afaar@neavs.org.

“The Fellowship Grant’s pioneering approach of focusing on women, women’s health, and sex differences promises important contributions to medical breakthroughs,” says NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD. “The grant supports a new generation of compassionate researchers dedicated to science that will better lead to the results humans need and are waiting for, and an end to the archaic reliance on research on animals.”

To learn more about how research results from studies on men often do not apply to women, and how it can even be life-threatening, read NEAVS’ white paper on the topic, “Biological Sex Differences: Implications for Biomedical Research and Animal Use,” by NEAVS Science Advisor Jarrod Bailey, PhD. Importantly, documenting the impact of differences in research results between men and women further challenges the use of other species to benefit humans.

NEAVS/AFAAR chose women scientists for the Fellowship because studies show women are more likely to oppose the harmful use of animals in research, testing, and education than men. As such, animal use can discourage or divert women from science careers who would be at the forefront of using superior, non-animal alternatives. 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. Women scientists are funded less and have lower salaries. And, according to 2010 National Science Foundation figures, women only comprised about 23% of full-time doctoral level science professors.