Saturday, 20 June 2015 22:09

Awards Featured


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).

  • Bavaria: Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
    The veterinary faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is offering again the Felix Wankel Animal Protection Research Award.
    The prize recognizes outstanding, experimental and innovative scientific work with the goal to replace or reduce animal testing, generally promote animal welfare, improve health or the quality of life of animals and animal-friendly accommodation of experimental animals, pets and farm animals or to support basic research into the to support the improvement of animal welfare.
    The prize is endowed with a maximum of 30,000 EURO.
    The deadline for applications was September 30, 2018.
  • 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.
    This also includes projects that pick up existing approaches to develop them further in such a way that they can be widely applied in practice (pre-validation or validation).
    The price is up to 30.000 EURO. (The Berlin Government has added on € 15.000 €, € 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 September 30, 2019. 

  • Doctors Against Animal Experiments Germany
    Herbert Stiller Award: 20,000 euros for animal-free research
    Doctors Against Animal Experiments awards this prize for outstanding, innovative scientific work using animal-free, human-based methods for the research and therapy of human diseases which make a significant contribution to medical progress.
    Funding is provided for research projects (in vitro work, in silico analyses, clinical or epidemiological research). studies) in the field of medicine/biomedicine where the research is located in Germany or in German-speaking countries. In the planned research work no animal experiments as well as any animal material is allowed (e.g. foetal calf serum or antibodies of animal origin).
    Project duration is two years. Funding starts in October 2019.
    Deadline was May 31, 2019.
    The prize is awarded every two years.

  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft BMEL)
    37. 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 was May 31, 2019. 

  • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG)
    Ursula M. Händel-Tierschutzpreis: 50.000 Euro für den Tierschutz in der Forschung
    For the seventh time the German Research Foundation (DFG) wants to award the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize to those scientists who are considered to have made exemplary and sustained efforts to improve the welfare of animals in research. Scientists who are particularly concerned with promoting animal welfare in science and research can be honoured with this prize. The prize is awarded for scientific research projects that contribute to reducing the burden of animals used in experiments, to reduce the number of animals or to replace them (3-R concept: reduction, refinement, replacement).
    The prize can be awarded for completed projects as well as promising ongoing work.
    The animal welfare prize is endowed with up to 100,000 euros. It can be divided into several prize winners.
    Deadline for applications was 31 January 2018. 

  • German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG)
    DFG Communication Awards 2018
    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 5. 

  • Hamburg: Authority of Health and Consumer Protection, Department of Food Safety and Veterinary Services
    Hamburg Research Prize on Alternative Methods to Animal Experiments
    The following work can be awarded
    • the results of scientific research related to the development and validation of methods that replace or reduce animal testing;
    • the results of which are likely to cause pain, suffering or damage to experimental animals or to improve their posture.
    Universities, university hospitals and non-university research institutions located in Germany are eligible to apply as well as individual scientists of these institutions.
    The prize is awarded every year. The amount of prize money is € 25,000.
    Application deadline was September 30, 2018.
  • Hessen: Hessisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz
    Hessischer Tierschutz-Forschungspreis
    14.000 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 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.

  • Saarland: Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection
    Research prize for alternatives to animal testing
    The prize will be awarded for innovative, future-oriented scientific work that contribute to the development of methods and procedures that replace or limit animal testing.
    It is endowed with 10,000 euros and will be awarded from 2020.

  • Thuringia: Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family
    Animal Welfare Award 2019
    The state of Thuringia is expanding its award categories: from 2019 it is praising the state's animal welfare prize for practical research work, which aims to replace animal experiments, reduce the number of animals used in experiments or reduce the pain for laboratory animals during experiments.
    The Research Prize will be awarded every two years from 2019. The total prize money is 12,000 euros.
    Applications with a rationale and a short project description should be sent to Thuringian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family, Werner-Seelenbinder-Str. 6, 99096 Erfurt
    Deadline was June 30. 2019.


  • 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.

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

  • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
    The LUSH prize for the replacement to animal Tests 2020
    Nominations are now open for the 2020 Lush Prize, a global initiative, animal-free toxicology, and research. Awards are available as usual in the five categories Science, Young Researchers, Training, Public Awareness, and Lobbying. The prize is worth £350,000.
    A sixth category, known as the 'Black Box' prize, may also award a further £250,000 in any one year for a key breakthrough in human toxicity pathways research. All prize categories are open to both organizations and individuals in scientific research, industry, academia, public awareness, lobbying, and campaigning. All categories, with the exception of the Young Researcher (YR) Awards, are given for recent achievements and successes. The YR awards are slightly different, as they are provided on the basis of future research proposals, from early-career scientists of up to 35 years of age at the time of application. This category of Prize usually sees five candidates receiving £10,000 each.
    Winners from all categories are invited to present their work at our annual conference and awards events.
    The closing date for nominations was December 6, 2019.

  • National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)
    NC3R: International 3Rs prize
    Each year the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) awards a prize to highlight an outstanding original contribution to scientific and technological
    advances in the 3Rs, published in the last three years. The award consists of a £28k prize grant and £2k personal award. Highly-commended entries receive a £4k grant and a £1k personal award.
    The 3Rs prize is for a piece of primary research published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last three years and is open to any researcher, in academia or industry. The prize is awarded to the principal investigator, research team leader, or other nominated author. The competition is open to international groups.
    Applications are assessed by a dedicated Panel, which also selects the winner. Selection is based on the quality of the published research and its impact on the 3Rs.
    The deadline for the 2017 competition was 4pm (GMT) on Monday, December 4th, 2017. 

  • PETA International Science Consortium (PISC)
    PISC travel award for a student or early-career scientist
    The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. is offering a travel award to provide a student or early-career scientist the opportunity to attend the Summer School on Innovative Approaches in Science happening June 22-25, 2020 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Focusing on innovative non-animal testing approaches, such as in vitro and computational methods, the summer school will include informative lectures by experts in these fields, networking events, laboratory visits, and more. Hosted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, the workshop is free to attend. The winner of this award will receive reimbursement for hotel accommodation and airfare. The summer school is divided into toxicology and biomedical sciences tracks, and this award is available only to attendees of the toxicology track.
    The application deadline is March 23, 2020.
    Click here for more details, including eligibility requirements and how to apply:
  • 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 3Rs science prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, is granted every other year to a scientist with an outstanding contribution to 3Rs. This way, positive contributions from industry or academia are promoted and more scientists are encouraged to focus their research on the 3Rs goals. Scientists working on methods for regulatory testing (e.g. safety, efficacy, batch testing) and applying the 3Rs to those methods may apply for the prize.
    Applicants should be based in Europe and have no more than 10 years of postgraduate experience (i.e. after obtaining their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree). Applicants should submit a written case study based on actual research (not a project on future research and no older than 5 years) where their role and involvement are shown.
    Application deadline was September 3, 2018 at 12.00 (nnon) Brussels time.

  • European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA)
    EPAA: 3Rs student's grants 2020
    The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) supports students doing outstanding work in alternative approaches to attend a high-profile scientific event.
    The jury will comprise 4 representatives of the EPAA Steering Committee (2 from the Industry and two from the European Commission) who will judge the applications.
    Three congress participations are eligible, the FELASA, the EUSAAT and the EUROTOX Congress.
    Deadline is:
    ESTIV - The European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (8-11 June)                                        May 4, 2020
    11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in Life Sciences (23-27 August)            July 6, 2020
    EUROTOX annual congress – Federation of European Toxicologists (6–9 September)             July 13, 2020

  • European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV)
    Early Career Award 2020
    The European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV) will grant an early career award for the first time in 2020 and intends to do so every 2 years coinciding with its biennial
    conferences. The award will be given to an early career scientist in recognition of an outstanding and significant contribution to the field of in vitro and/or in silico toxicology.
    The prize is worth 500 euros. The winner will be invitated to the ESTIV conference taking place fromn 8 - 11 June 2020 in Barcelona (Spain) with full tegistration waiver, coverage of travel and accomodation costs and guest lecture.
    Deadline for Applications was December 1, 2019.
    Applicants bust be a member of ESTIV for at least 1 year. They must have received a master's degree, allowing to commence a PhD. For more information contact the ESTIV president Prof. Mathieu Vinken, mathieu.vinken[at]



  • 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.

    Next Generation Humane Science Award
    This award is available annually to young scientists to acknowledge and encourage researchers who focus on replacing animal experiments. The 2019 award will provide a prize of up to $9,000 recognizing the work of one young scientist, or may be shared among two or more young scientists.
    Deadline was April 14, 2019.

  • 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..