Saturday, 20 June 2015 22:09


In the table below you will find a selection of foundations and organizations in alphabetical order which support the development of non-animal methods of research with awards.

A selection in alphabetic order is here:

Research Award of ALTERNATIVFONDET togeher with the fonds of Finnland und Sweden (see entry Skandinavia)
The Scandinavian Research Prize for Alternatives to Animal Experiments

Juliana von Went Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments togeher with the fonds of Denmark und Sweden (see entry Skandinavia)
The Scandinavian Research Prize for Alternatives to Animal Experiments



  • Baden-Württemberg: Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum, Ernährung und  Verbraucherschutz
    Förderpreis Ersatz- und Ergänzungsmethoden zum Tierversuch des Landes Baden-Württemberg
    The government of Baden-Württemberg wants to reduce the number of animals used for scientific and educational purposes. A prize is announced to award research projects, which contribute to the replacement of animal experiments or to the reduction of the burdens of the animals in the area of science and education, as well as in the field of medical diagnostics and the testing of substances and products. The works have to conduce to the realization of the following aims:
    - Replacement of animal experiments
    - Reduction of the number of animals used for a certain appraisal
    - Reduction of suffering, pain or harm ("Refinement")
    - Improvement of the husbandry of laboratory animals ("Enrichment").
    Projects from the field of the implementation of existing alternative methods can also be awarded (validation, approval through authorities and practical appliance).
    The price is up to 25.000 EURO and can be split among awardees. Researchers from outside of Baden-Württemberg may apply.
    Deadline for proposals was April 30, 2016.

  • Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts
    Price for encouraged Science 2016
    The price honours excellent researchers at universities and other research institutions in Baden-Württemberg who have left trodden paths and have taken risks during their research.
    The prize is endowed with 30,000 euros. Outstanding researchers will be awarded who
    - Have devoted themselves to scientifically risky projects and who has been successful against the expectations of peers
    - have prevailed against resistors on the road to academic success (such as rejected scholarships or applications for financing of publication projects)
    - are working/has been working on a promising scientific approach which result is based on preliminary work that are indeed "failed" in a scientifically productive sense, but have just enabled new findings and research paths.
    The proposed researchers should be able to possess a successful promotion. At the time of Proposals they not be older than 45 years.
    Deadline was June 30, 2016 (time-limit).

  • Berlin: Die Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales und dem Verband der forschenden Pharma-Unternehmen (vfa)
    Forschungspreis zur Förderung der Entwicklung von Ersatz-und Ergänzungsmethoden entsprechend dem 3R-Prinzip
    Goal is referring to the 3R-principles of Russel and Burch (1959) (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) to restrict the animal performed in research, to replace them and - as possible - to avoid them. Furthermore, the suffering, pain or harm in animal experiments has to be reduced.
    Institutions, companies and scientists working at Institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg can be awarded, if they plan oder realize scientific projects by develope oder validate methods capable of:
    - replace animal experiments ("Replacement"),
    - reduce the amount of laboratory animals ("Reduce") and/or
    - reduce the suffering of laboratory animals ("Refinement").
    Otherwise projects can get awarded if there are suitable to pre-validate oder validate a method.
    Furthermore, an already finished project can get submitted if it have been achieved one of the three objectives described above. The price is up to 25.000 EURO. (The Berlin Government has added on € 10.000 €, € 15.000 is from the trade association of the research-based pharmaceutical companies (vfa)).
    The price can be split among awardees. The price will be awarded by the Berlin Government of Health, Environment and Consumer Protection at the suggestion an undependend jury of experts.
    Deadline for proposals was August 31, 2017.

  • Doctors Against Animal Experiments Germany
    10.000 euro science prize for animal-free cancer research
    Doctors Against Animal Experiments Germany are awarding a 10.000 euro science prize for animal-free cancer research. Supported/awarded will be outstanding scientific work carried out without the use of animal materials, as well as clinical or epidemiological studies. It may be awarded retrospectively for completed or current research or as an initial incentive for a planned project. The prize may be awarded in toto or shared by more than one recipient.
    Research located in Germany or other German-speaking countries.
    Application deadline was 30.03.2011.

  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft BMEL)
    36. Animal Welfare Research Award of the The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
    Innovative, ground-breaking scientific work can be awarded which contribute to the development of methods and procedures to replace or reduce animal experiments. According to the principles of the 3R, such methods also can be awarded subordinately which have the goal to improve housing conditions of laboratory animals in order to reduce pain, suffering or harm in experiments (refinement).
    Primarily young researchers are encouraged to apply.
    The award carries a 25.000 Euro prize.
    Deadline for 2017 was May 31, 2017.

  • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG)
    Ursula M. Händel-Tierschutzpreis: 50.000 Euro für den Tierschutz in der Forschung
    The deadline expired in April.

  • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG)
    DFG Communication Award 2013
    Die German Research Foundation (DFG) announces the 14th Communication Award 2013, the Scientific Award of the Founders' Association for German Science (Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft). The prize is valued at € 50,000. Scientists are awarded who has been exceptionally successful in mediation of their scientific results to the media and the general public. Applicants can be single scientists or a group of scientists, they have to work in the german-speaking region. Direct applications as well as nominations are possible. Applications or suggestions have to be sent - primarily in digital form - to Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Dept. Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Kennedyallee 40, 53175 Bonn, until January 5th.

  • Hamburg: Authority of Health and Consumer Protection, Department of Food Safety and Veterinary Services
    Hamburg Research Prize on Alternative Methods to Animal Experiments
    Excellent research will be awarded, which results give a significant contribution to replacement, minimizing or refinement of animal testing. Applications can be made by universities, university hospitals, non-university research institutions and individual scientists of these facilities located in Germany. The prize is awarded every two years. The amount of prize money is € 20,000.
    Application deadline was September 30, 2016.
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
    The Ludwig-Maximilians-University awards with up to 30.000 € for experimental and innovative research, which reduce or replace animal experiments, as well as further aims in animal protection. The deadline for the prize 2015 was September 30, 2014.

  • Hessen: Hessisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz
    Hessischer Tierschutz-Forschungspreis
    15.000 Euro award for outstanding scientific work, that replaces or reduces animal experiments and similar investigations in research, education or during the production of biomedical products, as well as works, which lead to a significant reduction of pain and suffering of the used animals.
    The deadline for the this year`s prize was July 1st, 2016.

  • Rheinland-Pfalz: Ministerium für Umwelt, Forsten und Verbraucherschutz Rheinland-Pfalz
    Forschungspreis zur Erforschung von Ersatz- und Ergänzungsmethoden für Tierversuche
    With a 20.000 Euro award Rheinland-Pfalz supports the research on Alternative methods in research as well as in education. The price is announced every two years. It is possible to make an application from outside Rheinland-Pfalz. Further authorized to make a proposal are the Landesuntersuchungsamt Rheinland-Pfalz as well as animal protection organizations. The deadline for 2016 was June 30, 2016.



  • Eppendorf
    Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology
    The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international research prize of US$25,000. Since 2002 it has been awarded annually to one young scientist of 35 years of age or younger for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology.
    Application Deadline was June 15, 2017.

  • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
    LUSH prize for replacement to animal tests
    The Lush Prize is a major new initiative which will focus resources on bringing forward the day when all product safety testing takes place without the use of animals.
    The prize consists of a £250,000 annual fund – the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector.
    In any year where this is a major breakthrough in 21st Century Toxicology – the area which holds out most hope for a ‘Eureka’ moment where animal tests can be replaced wholesale, a BLACK BOX PRIZE will be awarded in its entirety to the individual or team responsible.
    In other years prizes of £50,000 will reward the most effective projects and individuals who have been working towards the goal of an replacing animal use in product safety testing across five strategic areas:
    - Science
    - Training
    - Lobbying
    - Public Awareness
    - Young Researcher Awards
    The closing date for nominations for the 2017 Prize was July 24, 2017.

  • Doerenkamp-Zbinden Stiftung für versuchstierfreie Forschung
    Funding as well as awards
    see entry Switzerland

  • PETA International Science Consortium (PISC)
    Award for a Hands-on in vitro workshop hosted by the Institute for In Vitro Sciences

    The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. (PISC) is proud to announce an early-career scientist award to participate in the Institute for In Vitro
    Sciences’ (IIVS) 2018 Practical Methods for In Vitro Toxicology Workshop. The award will fund workshop registration ($1,950 USD), as well as airfare and hotel
    accommodations (up to $1,000 USD).
    The workshop hosted by IIVS will provide lectures from expert in vitro toxicologists, and hands-on-laboratory experience in applying state-of-the-art in vitro
    The deadline to apply is October 15, 2017.
    For more information, please see

  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
    Funding (CAAT Grants Program) as well as awards
    see entry USA

Research Award of the däanish Alternativfondet, the finnish Juliana von Wendts Fonds and the swedish Stiftelsen Forskning utan Djurförsök.
Nordisk Forskningspris til Alternativer til Dyreforsøg
(The Nordic Prize for Alternatives to Animal Experiments)
Price: 60.000 sv. kroner.

The Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments, together with the fonds of Denmark and Finnland (see entry Skandinavia)
The Nordic Prize for Alternatives to Animal Experiments
see also


  • Doerenkamp-Zbinden Stiftung für versuchstierfreie Forschung
    Doerenkamp-Zbinden Award
  • 3R Research Foundation Switzerland
    Die Stiftung Forschung 3R bezweckt, die Forschung auf dem Gebiet der Alternativmethoden zu Tierversuchen durch Finanzierung von Forschungsprojekten zu fördern, und setzt sich für die Umsetzung und Verbreitung der 3R-Grundsätze ein. Sie unterstützt vordringlich Projekte zur Erforschung neuer Methoden oder zur Weiterentwicklung bekannter Methoden (Validierung von Methoden), welche im Sinne der 3 R (Reduce, Refine, Replace / Vermindern, Verbessern, Vermeiden) gegenüber der heutigen Tierversuchspraxis Verbesserungen versprechen.

United Kingdom

  • InterNICHE supported by Proefdiervrij
    InterNICHE Humane Education Award 2009
    The 20.000 Euro "InterNICHE Humane Education Award 2009" to support an ethically and effectife Education and paraxis in the sciences. The deadline for the current year expired in March. 

  • National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research
    The 2011 NC3Rs Prize
    The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) awards an annual prize for an original contribution to scientific and technological advances in the 3Rs.
    This prize is open to any researcher based in the United Kingdom.
    Deadline for submission was 25th of November.

  • The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust Scotland
    UFAW’s top priorities is to promote and support high quality science that will lead to substantial advances in animal welfare, and promoting education in animal welfare - particularly at university and college level.


Europe wide

European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA)
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) launches its call to apply for the 2016 3Rs Science Prize. This year, the EPAA will grant a Prize for already achieved research, or a project already at the completion stage with outstanding results. The price money is € 10,000.
The EPAA 3Rs Science Prize is granted every other year to a scientist whose contribution to 3Rs. Scientists working on alternative methods (replacement, reduction or refinement of animal testing) for safety or potency/quality testing purposes may apply.
Applicants should be based in Europe in one of the following countries: EU 28 Member States, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Monaco, Andorra, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Ukraine, Moldova and FYROM.
To submit an application, the following documents had to be sent by email to grow‐epaa[at] before Friday 23rd September at noon, Brussels time.



  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
    The purpose of the Microphysiological Systems (MPS) for Disease Modeling and Efficacy Testing Program is to develop highly reproducible and translatable in vitro models for preclinical efficacy studies through discovery and validation of translatable biomarkers, development of standardized methods for preclinical efficacy testing and definitive efficacy testing of candidate therapeutics using best practices and rigorous study design. An essential feature will be a multidisciplinary approach that brings together experts in bioengineering, microfluidics, material science, “omic” sciences, computational biology, disease biology, pathology, electrophysiology, pharmacology, biostatistics and clinical science.
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s): New Date as per issuance of NOT-TR-17-005 – November 13, 2016
    Application Due Date(s): New Date as per issuance of NOT-TR-17-005 – December 13, 2016 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

  • Humane Society of the United States
    2017 Russell and Burch Award
    The Humane Society of the United States welcomes nominations of scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of alternative methods in the areas of research, testing, or higher education for the Russell and Burch Award. Alternative methods—also known as the Three Rs—are methods that can replace or reduce the use of animals, or refine procedures so that animals experience less pain or suffering.
    Nominations are due by April 10, 2017.

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)
    2013 Animal Welfare Enhancement Awards
    The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) wants to be a leading force in the development and use of 3R-alternatives in research, testing, and education to protect and enhance the health of the public. In addition to other CAAT seeks nominations for these awards:

    CAAT Recognition Award
    This award, presented at every World Congress, honors an individual or organization who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of the 3Rs, the development of alternative methods, or the field of in vitro science.

    Henry Spira Award
    This award was established in 1999 to honor the memory of Henry Spira, a pioneer in the animal rights movement whose campaign for the use of alternative methods led to the founding of CAAT. It was created to honor animal activists in the animal welfare, protection, or rights movements who work to achieve progress through dialogue and collaboration.

    Please provide a nomination letter, the individual’s CV and limited other material that supports your nominee. Deadline for submission was May 15, 2013.

    CAAT Grants 2017
    The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is soliciting projects that focus on the implementation of the NAS Report:
    Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in the following areas:
    • Proposals Relating to Toxicology: Maximum grant amount is $25,000 per year up to 2 years. Projects should be developed to provide mechanistic
    understanding of computational systems biology approaches, focused on in vitro responses to toxicants in human cells. Consideration should be
    given to the translation of this new method to evaluate/predict health outcomes.
    • Proposal Relating to Refinement: See Science-Based Animal Welfare Awards – funded separately.
    Deadline was May 16th, 2016.

  • The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB)
    Student Award Program
    The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) Student Award Program provides recognition and financial support for student’s who have contributed and made outstanding achievements in the field of in vitro biology.
    Note: Student Award Application Deadline was January 31, 2012.
    Students competing for awards may apply for multiple awards, must satisfy specific award criteria, and must present their papers at the SIVB meeting. Winners will be notified prior to the meeting. The student awardees must present their submitted research papers and be present at the 2011 SIVB Business Meeting on Tuesday evening.Should you have questions, please contact the SIVB office in Raleigh at (919) 562-0600(919) 562-0600, or Dr. Pamela Weathers, Chair, Student Affairs and Awards Committee, at (508) 831-5196(508) 831-5196, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
    Russell & Burch Award
    The Humane Society of the United States presents the Russell and Burch Award to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement  of alternative methods in the areas of biomedical research, testing, or higher education. Candidates for the award are judged on the scientific merit of their contribution to the alternatives field, as well as their impact and professional commitment to this field. Applicants should have a history of laboratory work that is above reproach on humane grounds.
    Nominations were submitted until April 10, 2011 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..