About the Foundation for Biomedical Research

For people, for animals, for the common good

Specializing in Health for Every Species

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) is America’s most experienced, trusted and effective nonprofit dedicated to improving human and animal health by promoting public understanding and support for biomedical research.

We believe that by illuminating the essential role animal research plays in changing health outcomes and defeating illnesses, we can help make lives even better.

Our Mission

Together with the National Association for Biomedical Research, we seek to create the resources to benefit the public, the government, and research professionals alike. Our mission includes:

  • Being a voice for ethical research
  • Creating materials to help research scientists communicate with the public
  • Create public-facing materials to help students with their research
  • Promote communications to heighten understanding

There can be no science in a vacuum. Everything we do is part of a conversation. We hope you’ll join it.

Our History

We were the first.

Since 1981, we’ve been promoting understanding and support for biomedical research. We’ve worked to include a diverse range of community voices to forge consensus, improve knowledge, and build respect. Through the years, our work has helped improve the health of people.

Our history gives us the foundation to continue working for the common good.

Public-Facing Research to Foster Dialogue and Understanding

Chances are, you have questions about animal research. Whether you’re a student doing a report, a concerned member of the public, or a clinician looking to talk to your community, you are looking for answers.

Our peer-reviewed research, outreach materials, and fact-sheets are designed to create that discussion. We hope you’ll use them to learn, to understand, and to educate others.
Please feel free to use our resources, and please reach out to us with any questions.

Promoting Ethical Biomedical Research With Everything We Do

While we recognize the need for animal research, we do everything we can to promote limited, targeted, and ethical studies of animal models. These are our values:


Create better procedures to require fewer animals in research, and ensure that only as many animals as reasonably needed be used in research studies


Create procedures that minimize or erase any pain or discomfort faced by animals that are involved in research studies


Encourage, support, and promote research into viable testing alternatives and adjunct treatments that produce accurate results

How Can I Support Animal Research?

Learn the myths and truths about animal research and help others understand it.

Work With Us for a Better Shared Future

No one should be without the treatment they need to live a happy, healthy life. Let’s work together to reduce diseases and injuries and make Americans healthier.

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