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 grants of up to 5.000 € will be awarded for one-year 3Rs projects starting in 2023. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 15th 2022.

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 must have completed their PhD less than 8 years before the application deadline on October 15th 2022 (i.e. not before September 2014), but there is NO biological age limit for PhDs. Applicants, who have taken parental leave are eligible for an exception of the 8-year rule and can have an extention of one year for every parental leave (i.e. scientist, who has taken one parental leave should have completed her/his PhD not before September 2013); to be eligible the parental leave periods have to be clearly indicated in the CV of the applicant.
  • Applicants without PhD (i.e. BSc or MSc) are also welcome to submit an application if they are maximally 35 years of age by October 15th 2022 and must upload their BSc or MSc certificate. Young scientists from all nationalities and geographical regions are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants are employed by a research, teaching or an equivalent institution.
  • Funding is available to cover expenses directly linked to the proposed research project including, but not limited to, equipment, animals, consumables, transport, and travel expenses. The ART Award budget cannot include institutional overheads.  Salaries or stipends are not part of the eligible costs. However, travel and subsistence costs for up to three months working visits to another group in another country can be requested as part of the regular  budget, if duly justified. The maximum allowance for travel and subsistence costs is 2500€. Please note that Animal Research Tomorrow (ART) cannot enter any grant agreements/contracts with the host Institution as this ART Award is 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 publications resulting from the project supported by an ART 3Rs research grant.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant/project leader to respect and abide by all local, national land/or EU laws and regulations relevant to perform the research proposed. The applicant has to obtain all necessary permissions and licences before the grant 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 project report covering its execution, results and conclusions, and detailing total project costs must be submitted no later than 3 months after completion of the project.
  • Payments will be made in Euros to the institution of the project leader. 
  • 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 exceptional cases, ART may partially or fully support article processing charges.
  • 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 any 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 grant. In case of such violations, ART may request partial or total refund of the approved budget.
  • The ART Award agreement is governed by Swiss law and subject to jurisdiction at Swiss courts.

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1.1 Project leader
1.2 Collaborators on the proposed project (optional)

This description should include:

  • Current state-of-the-art
  • Main objectives of the project including working hypotheses
  • Detailed description of the experimental design and methods used. This must include a description of the planned experimental design, power calculations of all sample size, statistical analysis and animal procedures, choice of animal species and description of bias-avoiding measures (e.g. blinding, randomization or preregistration).
  • Details on animal housing and care and all 3Rs measures relevant to the proposed project, in particular to replace, reduce and refine animal use.
  • Description of the expected outcomes and deliverables of the proposed project (e.g. tools, guidelines, protocols, multimedia, publications)
  • The potential benefits in light of an improvement of the 3Rs for science, biomedicine, and the animals used for scientific or educational purposes. 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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