The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) supports the development, validation and implementation of innovative scientific methodologies that advance science and replace the use of animals in research, testing and education.
IFER bridges the gap between the ethical concerns of people who oppose the suffering of animals and the concerns of scientists who recognize the limitations of other species to model human diseases and to predict what is safe and effective for people. IFER invests in opportunities that are inspired by the potential of 21st century technologies and provides incentives to researchers to pursue answers to today’s questions in science without causing harm to animals.
The International Foundation for Ethical Research is charting a new course toward better, more ethical science.
The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is dedicated to supporting the development, validation and implementation of scientifically valid methodologies that advance scientific research, product testing and education without harming animals.
IFER fulfills its mission by awarding research grants to scientists who are developing credible alternatives to animal models and testing protocols and to graduate students
seeking to incorporate animal welfare concerns and innovative technologies into their studies. In addition, IFER disseminates information designed to increase awareness of alternatives through seminars, publications and workshops.
IFER, founded in 1985, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The Foundation is funded primarily by a generous grant from the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing science without harming animals.