You are here: HomeGrants & Awards

Grants and Awards

The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) is a UK based charity that actively promotes animal welfare of food animals, in markets, during transport, at slaughter, and killing for welfare reasons and disease control. 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. Grant applications are judged on their importance for animal welfare, scientific and other merits, value for money, and are assessed in relation to other applications received in the same time period.  Account is also taken of the quality and potential of applicants and of the circumstances in the country they are applying from, with a view to long-term capacity building in science-based animal welfare around the world.  Consideration also has to be given to banking and any fiscal restrictions. HSA’s “Research, Project and Travel grants” schemes are open to any applicant, worldwide.   However, some schemes such as the Student/Trainee Scholarships or Research Training Scholarship are only open to academic institutions within the British Isles or overseas institutions which are members of the UFAW LINK scheme, of which there are over 100 in five different continents (details available on the UFAW website).    Further information is available at the website about the various prize and grant awards.

Wild-Caught Fish Stunning Review - 2020

Call for Research Systematic Review and Feasibility Study – Stunning or Killing of Wild-Caught Fish in Commercial Fisheries

Billions of fish are caught for food every year, the vast majority of these fish are not stunned before killing, and there is good evidence that many wild-caught fish may experience significant suffering between the time they are captured and their death. The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) hopes to encourage the development and adoption of humane slaughter methods for fish caught in the wild.

As a preliminary step, the HSA wishes to support a systematic study into humane capture and slaughter of fish caught on a commercial scale in the wild for food. The aim of this research is to investigate the feasibility of the development and use of methods of humane stunning or stun/killing for wild-caught fish in order to minimise pain or distress in wild-capture commercial fisheries. The research should also consider the sustainability of such methods (economic, environmental, ethical and social considerations including practicality).

  • Funding up to £200,000
  • The award is now closed.

More information

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.

More information


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.

More information


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.

More information


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.

More information


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
  • The Scholarships are now closed.

More information


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. 

More information


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.

More information


Back to top