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The HSA has a number of grant schemes for research and other projects aimed at improving animal welfare during transport, marketing, slaughter and killing for disease control and welfare reasons.

Humane Slaughter Association research funding for improvements in the humane slaughter of fish, crustaceans and cephalopods

The HSA is making over £1.7 million available to support scientific research to improve the welfare of farmed finfish, decapod crustaceans and/or coleoid cephalopods during slaughter. The funding can be used to better understand and improve the welfare of these farmed species whilst undergoing slaughter for food production.  Due to the source of the funding, all grant funds awarded as part of this award must be exclusively for activities outside the United States of America.

Welfare of farmed finfish during slaughter (total funds available: £750,000)

  • Total funding of up to £750,000 is available
  • This award is now closed.

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Welfare of crustaceans and/or cephalopods during slaughter (up to £1,043,000)

  • Total funding of up to £1,043,000 is available
  • This award is now closed.

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HSA Special Travel Award 2019

The HSA is making funds of up to £10,000 (in total) available to support travel and subsistence expenses for short-term, technical and/or scientific visits to appropriate institutions and/or commercial operation.

  • The award will be for a maximum of £10,000 in total
  • Applications must be made on the HSA Special Travel Award Application Form
  • This award is now closed.

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The Humane Slaughter Award

  • recognises individuals or organisations, anywhere in the world, that have made significant scientific, technical or other advances that have led to improvements in the humane slaughter of livestock.  
  • Applications can be in person or by nomination.
  • The award is for £1000.
  • This award is now closed

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HSA Student/Trainee Scholarships: Dorothy Sidley award for Advances in Animal Welfare during Transport, Marketing and Slaughter  

  • awarded to support students and industry trainees undertaking research projects that are aimed at improving the welfare of food animals during transport, in markets or at slaughter.
  • Up to £2,400 available per award
  • Open to students registered at universities and colleges in the UK or outside the UK at establishments that have a UFAW/HSA LINK person, and to industry trainees in the UK
  • Closing date: Thursday 28th February 2019.

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HSA Animal Welfare Research Training (PhD) Scholarship 2015

The HSA is running a scheme to award a research training scholarship, to enable a promising veterinary or science graduate to undertake a three-year program of research, leading to a degree at doctorate level.  The research should aim to improve the well-being of animals that are farmed for food, during their transport, marketing, slaughter or killing for disease control and other welfare reasons.

  • The award will be for a maximum of £110,000.
  • Applicants will propose the subject of the PhD project and the institution where the student will be registered
  • Supervisors are required to submit a Concept Note application by the closing date.
  • This Scholarship is now closed. 

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Funding Opportunity - Development of an alternative method to high concentration CO2 for the commercial stunning of pigs.

The Humane Slaughter Association and Defra are jointly offering up to £400,000 of research funding for a project to develop a more humane way to stun pigs during commercial slaughter. The funding aims to develop and or validate a more humane method which could replace high-concentration CO2 stunning, which is commonly used for commercial slaughter and has been shown to be aversive to pigs.

This funding is now closed.


HSA Research, Project & Travel Grants

The HSA also offers grants for essential research and other projects aimed at improving animal welfare during transport, in markets and at slaughter.

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