Research Funding

The Swiss 3R Competence Center publishes regular calls for funding of high-quality research projects dedicated to the replacement, reduction or refinement of animal experimentation.

The calls for projects are in the form of open calls and targeted calls i.e., addressing specific challenges for the advancement of the 3R principles in Switzerland.

3RCC calls for projects

Next calls: 3RCC plans to publish an open call in September 2019.

Call for projects 2018

3RCC 2018 Open Call for Projects: 6 projects selected for funding
The 3RCC received 54 applications for its 2018 call. About half of the projects focused on replacement, 30% on reduction, and 20% on refinement. The total of funding requested amounted to about CHF 15.5 million with funds worth CHF 1.2 million available. Complete applications having no major shortcomings underwent a two-step evaluation process. First, international reviewers having expertise in the fields of the applications evaluated the applications. The reviewers considered a majority of complete applications (70%) as being of good to excellent quality at this step. In a second step, the 3RCC Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) evaluated and compared the top 26 complete applications.  The main criteria evaluated were potential impact on the 3Rs, quality of science, benefit over current methodologies, feasibility, and chances of successful implementation in the broader scientific community. The SAB recommended six projects having the highest evaluations by both SAB members and external reviewers for funding, and the 3RCC Strategic Board approved them at its last meeting in May. Three of the selected projects focus on replacement, two on reduction and one on refinement. The 3RCC made sure that there were no conflicts of interest, and that it maintained the confidentiality of shared information throughout the process. We thank all submitters. The next 3RCC call for projects will open in September 2019.

Open call for projects

The 3RCC Open Call for Projects addresses applied and basic research projects that support the development, optimization, application and implementation of new or modified 3Rs approaches, methods and technologies. The selected projects are expected to:

• Have high impact on the implementation of the 3Rs;
Improve for a given purpose(s), the reliability (e.g., reproducibility, robustness), relevance (e.g. accuracy, mechanistic, complexity, species of interest) and/or animal welfare as compared to existing methodologies;
• Have a clear dissemination plan to the scientific community and lay audience.

The 3RCC Open Call aims at subsidising at least one project for each of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction or Refinement). High-quality projects that have impact on the 3Rs and bring clear benefits as compared to existing methodologies will be favoured. Collaborative projects between institutions are encouraged, albeit the lead organization should be a Swiss-based public research institution.

The maximum funding duration is foreseen to be of three years. The proposed budget should be clearly justified and below the indicated maximum amount. Infrastructure and overhead costs are not covered by the 3RCC grants. The applications received within the application deadline will be evaluated by the 3RCC Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in consultation with external reviewers if needed. The final decision on the projects to be funded will be taken by the 3RCC Strategic Board based on the SAB review of the projects and their proposed budgets. The necessary ethical approvals (e.g., licenses for animal testing, for the use of embryonic stem cells, etc.) must be in place for funds to be released.

Application process

  1. Consult the Application Guidelines for Project Grants for more details on the information to be provided.
  2. Send electronic version of completed Application Form (in English) to
  3. You will receive a confirmation of your application by email. 
  4. Applicants will be informed about acceptance/rejection.

More information on the call. For any further information or questions, please contact us at or phone 031 631 5622.

3RCC funding regulations

3RCC funding regulations in English
3RCC funding regulations in German