The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is looking to invest £70,000 in research covering: “Breeding for better welfare: enabling human behaviour that leads to animals experiencing a better life”.
AWF recognises the importance of human behaviour change science and its pivotal role in supporting the veterinary and animal welfare professions to positively influence animal welfare. It is now calling on UK-based researchers to submit proposals that answer this call, with a particular focus on breeding issues.
In 2021 AWF launched its three-year theme ‘Breeding for Better Welfare’, a wide-spanning theme encompassing serious welfare issues across a range of species. As well as guiding AWF to fund meaningful research, the theme also contributes to AWF’s activities of discussion and debate. In our third and final year of this theme, this research call aims to fund innovative projects investigating how we can positively enable changes in human behaviour to improve the welfare of any managed species in the UK, with a particular focus on breeding issues.
AWF welcomes social science and qualitative projects, as these may be particularly effective methods for research aiming to enable human behaviour change. The charity is encouraging researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to apply, fostering a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to address the complexities of animal welfare challenges.
To understand the criteria for application and more about what the AWF is trying to achieve visit their website HERE.