ART Science Communication (SciComm) Awards aim to support young science communicators in promoting innovative communication strategies and/or creating resources and tools for promoting greater transparency on animal research.

The proposals are evaluated by an independent jury and sums of up to 3.000 € will be awarded for projects starting in 2023. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 15th 2022.

The following conditions apply:

  • The submitted proposals should describe a detailed plan to develop creative communication approaches and/or creating resources and tools to promote positive views on – ethically responsible – animal research for the benefit of science, humans and animals.
  • ART SciComm Awards are aimed primarily at science communicators, which also includes journalists, teachers, researchers and/or technicians with a passion for science communication and public outreach.
  • Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age by October 15th 2022. Applicants, who have taken parental leave are eligible for an exception of the 35-year rule and can have an extention of one year for every parental leave (i.e. applicant, who has taken one parental leave should not be older than 36 years of age by October 15th 2022); to be eligible the parental leave periods have to be clearly indicated in the CV of the applicant.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and employed by a research, teaching, or equivalent institution, as well as any kind of non-profit organization.
  • Funding is available to cover expenses directly linked to the development of the proposed work plan, including, but not limited to, acquisition of equipment, software or services, short travel expenses, teaching materials, venue spaces and/or hosting of events. The budget cannot include institutional overheads. Salaries or stipends are not part of the eligible costs.
  • All deliverables from ART SciComm Awards will be made freely available via a Creative Commons License.
  • Animal Research Tomorrow requires full compliance to all applicable laws and regulations that govern national and international data security and privacy. For example, collection of data from human participants (text, images or videos) must be approved by a human ethics committee or equivalent local regulatory body. All data, images, videos of research involving animals used must be retrieved from duly licensed projects. If applicable, proof license requests or copies of valid licenses for the proposed work plan must be submitted as part of the application procedure.
  • Animal Research Tomorrow must be acknowledged in all media (e.g. websites, videos, posters, presentations) produced as a result of the ART SciComm 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 proposed work plan. 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 project.
  • A report covering the execution, results and conclusions of the work plan must be submitted no later than 3 months after its completion.
  • Payments will be made in Euros to the institution of the project leader.
  • Any substantial changes concerning the work plan, budget or grant agreement must be communicated in writing for approval by Animal Research Tomorrow.
  • ART has the right to revoke or suspend Award if the responsible awardee fails to fulfil any of the rules and obligations listed in this guide to application and execution of the grant. In case of such violations, ART may request partial or total refund of the approved budget award.
  • The ART Award agreement is governed by Swiss law and subject to jurisdiction at Swiss courts.

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The submitted information will be kept confidential and only used for the purpose of evaluation of proposals.

1.1 Applicant
1.2 Other collaborators (optional)

This description should include:

  • Main objectives of the work plan
  • Detailed description of the planned activities, their justification, target audience, and methods involved.
  • Justification on why the proposed work plan, institution, applicant, and team (if applicable) are
  • Description of the expected outcomes and deliverables of the proposed project (e.g. educational tools, guidelines, protocols, multimedia, publications, events)
  • The potential benefits in light of an improvement of animal research communication, public knowledge and attitudes. The applicant must also include brief a benefit/harm evaluation and the rationale supporting the likelihood of obtaining said benefits.
  • Key references

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