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Last updated: November 21, 2015

Sources of grants and other funding mechanisms for the research, development, and/or validation of non-animal methods.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research: the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency US government agency crowdsourcing competitions seeking innovative solutions from the public

DARPA Funding

DoD Research and Technology Funding Opportunities

Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

EU CORDIS (Community Research & Development Information Service): funding for European research under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

EU Environment Directorate General

EU Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI): public-private partnership funding initiative for universities and small companies for biopharmaceutical innovation in Europe

EU Research Directorate General: EU research funding; includes Horizon 2020, the 2014 to 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

European Research Council

European Science Foundation

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (ZEBET): Forschungs-/Wissenschaftspreisen Research Awards for the promotion of methodological work, with the aim of the restriction and the replacement of animal experiments

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): funds health and life science research projects as well as “the most comprehensive and longest-running funding programme in the field” of Alternative to Animal Testing (proposals are due March 15 of each year)

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP): globally-operated funding organization for frontier research in the life sciences sponsored by G7 nations (Australia, India, Republic of Korea, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand) and European Union; supports novel, innovative, and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms with emphasis on novel interdisciplinary collaborations

Innovate UK (previously the Technology Strategy Board): funding for non-animal technologies in the UK

The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw): Health research funding organization

Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet): responsible for funding 3Rs alternatives in Sweden since 2009 (other agencies funded 3Rs since 1984)

Third EU Health Programme

UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC): funding for basic and strategic biological research in the UK; 3Rs in Research Using Animals is one of BBSRC’s strategic priorities

UK Medical Research Council (MRC)

UK NC3Rs Research Funding Scheme: research project grants to support the development and application of the 3Rs, includes: Strategic Awards; Studentships; David Sainsbury Fellowships; Infrastructure For Impact; Project Grants; Pilot Study Grants

UK NC3Rs CRACK-IT® Challenges: an open innovation competition for academic and small business researchers to facilitate development of technologies with potential 3Rs benefits into new products and methodologies; CRACK-IT® Challenges are funded by NC3Rs with in-kind contributions from Challenge sponsors in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and consumer product industries

US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

US EPA Extramural Research: STAR, P3, GRO Grants and Fellowships, & SBIR Programs

US Federal Grants

US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

US National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

US National Science Foundation (NSF)

US SBIR World: NSF sponsored website providing US small business (SBIR and STTR) program and conference information and news


American Chemistry Council’s ACC Long-Range Research Initiative: grants on various topics of interest to the chemical industry intended to advance scientific understanding of potential impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment

BD Biosciences Research Grant Program: immunology and stem cell research grants

CEFIC Long Range Initiative (LRI) Innovative Science Award: toxicology research topics of broad industry interest

Colgate-Palmolive Grants: presented annually at the Society of Toxicology annual meeting

  • Colgate-Palmolive Grants for Alternative Research: up to $40,000 per year for “efforts that promote, develop, refine, or validate scientifically acceptable animal alternative methods to facilitate the safety assessment of new chemicals and formulations”
  • Colgate-Palmolive Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award in In Vitro Toxicology: “to advance the development of alternatives to animal testing in toxicological research”
  • Colgate-Palmolive/SOT Awards for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods: awards of $3500 “to enhance graduate student research training using in vitro methods or alternative techniques to reduce, replace or refine use of animals in toxicological research”

In Vitro Toxicology Society (UK): travel bursaries and grants for in vitro toxicology research for academic groups in the UK

Mandom International Research Grants on Alternative to Animal Experiments: funding since 2007 for alternatives to animal testing focusing on replacement methods


3R Research Foundation (Switzerland): annual awards for research directly impacting reduction, refinement, or replacement of animals used in experiments
Level: unknown

Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (US): funds research proposals that support the development, validation, and/or adoption of non-animal methods in biomedical research, product testing, and education
Level: scientist/ faculty

American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR) and New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS): post-doctoral fellowship grants for alternatives to animal research

CAAT Research Grants Program (US): annual 3Rs research funding award
Level: faculty

Danish 3R-Center Research Funding: annual funding for research focusing on one or more of the 3Rs; for researchers affiliated to organizations, institutions, or businesses in Denmark

Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation (Switzerland): award for outstanding scientific achievements in animal-free research
Level: scientist

Dr Hadwen Trust (UK): Proposals relevant to any area of biomedical research will be considered; research must be directed towards replacing the use of living animals in current procedures within the applicant’s laboratory or, preferably, in the wider field
Level: postdoctoral; research assistants, technicians, PhD students; special projects

Forsøgsdyrenes Værn and Alternativfondet: financial support for research into the development of alternatives to animal experiments that make a real contribution to replacement of animal experiments; scientists from all EU countries may apply; applications may be submitted at any time; for information and application select “Forskningsstøtte” at

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS): Nell Mondy Fellowships are research awards with preference to applications in the areas of food science, nutrition, and toxicology
Level: postdoctoral women

The Humane Research Trust (UK): funds research in the UK aimed at eliminating animals in medical research
Level: researchers in UK

International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) (US): fellowship awards for alternatives to the use of animals in research and toxicology testing
Level: graduate students

Juliana von Went Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments (Finland): grants for Finnish researchers to develop non-animal methods

Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research (UK): funds research and educational projects in the UK aiming to replace animals
Level: UK scientists

Marchig Animal Welfare Trust (Scotland): grants include projects “promoting alternative methods to animal experimentation and their practical implementation”
Level: charitable organizations (except US and Canada)

Medical Advances Without Animals Trust (MAWA) (Australia): various research and travel grants that support the mission of the Trust to advance medical science without using animals or animal products

PETA International Science Consortium, Ltd.: case-by-case funding for promising in vitro techniques requiring additional development or validation in order to gain regulatory acceptance

SET Foundation (Germany): awards sponsor three activities: 3Rs research; scientific communication on 3Rs; student training and education
Level: various

Simons Foundation, Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

Swedish Fund for Research Without Animal Experiments (Sweden): supports alternatives in basic and applied research in various areas, including the development of computer simulation systems, toxicology, and training of laboratory personnel and courses in alternatives
Level: scientist; primarily Swedish projects

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) (UK): Research and Project Awards: awards over £3,500 for research or other animal welfare projects; Small Projects and Travel awards of up to £3,500
Level: unknown; primarily academic funding

Wellcome Trust: a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health
Level: various


AAAS GrantsNet: grants funding news and search engine
Level: various

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