ART 3R Awards aim to support innovative ideas by young scientists for the development and testing of Replacement, Reduction and/or Refinement approaches in animal research.

The grant proposals are evaluated by an independent jury and ART Awards of €5.000 € will be awarded for minimally 12 months 3R projects starting in 2024. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 31st 2023.

The following conditions apply:

  • The submitted projects should focus on the development and/or testing of novel Replacement, Reduction, or Refinement approaches for animal use in scientific research and/or education. Special consideration will be given to projects that further more than one of the 3Rs (e.g. Refinement and Reduction)
  • Applicants active in research or animal welfare as master or PhD student, postdoctoral fellow or young group leader with an original and innovative project are highly encouraged to apply – Principal investigators can apply maximally up to 5 years after starting their first independant position. We look forward to applications from all nationalities and geographical regions. If you have applied before but did not get funded, we encourage you to apply again.
  • Applicants have to be employed by a research, teaching or an equivalent institution.
  • The ART Award of € 5000 has to be used to cover expenses directly linked to the proposed research project. The ART Award money can NOT be used to cover institutional overheads, salaries or stipends. Please note that Animal Research Tomorrow (ART) cannot enter any grant agreements/contracts with the host Institution as this is an ART Award not equivalent to any grant by funding agencies.
  • Animal Research Tomorrow requires full compliance with the 3Rs, and use of the highest animal welfare standards. All research involving animals must be approved by an ethics committee or equivalent local regulatory body. Proof of the request for a license or a copy of a valid license for the proposed project must be uploaded as part of the supplementary PDF file.
  • Animal Research Tomorrow Awards must be acknowledged in all media (e.g. websites, videos, posters, presentations) and in all publications resulting from the projects supported by an ART 3Rs Award.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to respect and abide by all local, national land/or EU laws and regulations relevant to perform the research project. The applicant has to obtain all necessary permissions and licences before the ART Award project can be started. ART is in no case legally, financially or otherwise responsible for any expenditures or liabilities arising during execution of the ART Award project.
  • A report covering the execution, results and conclusions of the ART Award project including details of the financial expenditure must be submitted within 3 months after completion of the project.
  • Payments will be made in Euros to the institution of the ART Awardee.
  • Any change concerning the project, budget or grant agreement must be communicated in writing for approval by Animal Research Tomorrow.
  • The results of ART 3Rs Awards must be published as peer-reviewed papers in open access journals. The reporting of studies involving animal research must follow the ARRIVE Guidelines 2.0.
  • In the spirit of the Basel Declaration and transparency in animal research, the awardee and its institution shall communicate the results of research funded by ART 3R Awards to the general public. This can be done on the institutional website, using social media and/or as part of outreach activities.
  • ART has the right to revoke or suspend the ART Award if the responsible awardee fails to fulfil any of the rules and obligations listed in this guide to application and execution of the project. In case of such violations, ART may request partial or total refund of the ART Award of €5000.
  • The ART Award agreement is governed by Swiss law and subject to jurisdiction at Swiss courts.

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