Commitment to Humane Animal Research Through Excellence & Responsibility

The Charles River CHARTER (Commitment to Humane Animal Research Through Excellence and Responsibility) program is committed to funding organizations and projects that support the objectives of the Humane Care Imperative. The CHARTER mission is:

  • To enhance education and training that furthers the humane care of laboratory animals and advances the values of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement). This includes but is not limited to research, development, and testing related to best practices and fostering good health, welfare, and quality of laboratory animals.
  • To support activities that increase the awareness of the ethics of humane animal care and foster alliances between organizations with similar goals.
  • To fund organizations and projects that educate the public about biomedical research.


Our budget cycle is January through December. The budgeting process for the next fiscal year begins in August. A funding request should include the main activities that the funding will support and discuss how those activities support the objectives of the CHARTER program and the Humane Care Imperative. A request can be submitted at any time by writing to:

Charles River CHARTER Program
c/o Dr. Patricia Turner
251 Ballardvale Street
Wilmington, MA 01887

Examples of programs supported include: