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.