Applicants are expected to have developed their proposals in accordance with the cross-funder guidance for the use of animals in research: responsibility in the use of animals in bioscience research and NC3Rs guidelines: primate accommodation, care and use.
Experiments using animals funded by the MRC must comply with the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA), amended 2012 and any further embodiments, in:
- using the simplest possible, or least sentient, species of animal appropriate
- ensuring that distress and pain are avoided wherever possible
- employing an appropriate design and using the minimum number of animals consistent with ensuring that scientific objectives will be met.