Grants, awards & surveys

Updates on research grants, awards and surveys published by the 3RCC.

3RCC call for projects: Open Day 22 November 2018

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. Each of the three Rs will be subsidised by the 3RCC funding scheme. You will find more information on the research grant subpage.

You are kindly invited to attend the Open Day for the launch of the 3RCC’s first call for applications:

22 November 2018, 14:45 – 16:45 Auditorium 110
1st floor Hochschulstrasse 4, University of Bern

The Open Day will give you the opportunity to gain an overview of the Swiss 3RCC’s activities, answer your questions related to the call for projects, and meet the 3RCC Directorate and colleagues involved in the 3Rs to animal experimentation in Switzerland. We will present the 3RCC’s structure & goals and provide you with information about timelines and eligibility criteria for the 3RCC Open Call  launched on that same day. In addition, we will share with you the outcome of the survey on “Current gaps and opportunities for implementing the 3Rs in Switzerland”. Do not hesitate to forward this invitation to all your colleagues working and/or interested on learning more about the 3RCC. We would appreciate if you can let us know by Tuesday, 19 November 2018 if you will attend the Open Day by sending an e-mail to secretariat@swiss3rcc.org.

Thank you to the participants in our Swiss 3R survey

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre conducted a survey on current gaps and opportunities in using 3R/alternative methods to animal experimentation. As many as 177 respondents participated to the survey coming from academia (69%), industry (10%), non-profit institutions (13%), regulatory bodies (4%) and hospital/clinics (5%). The results will be shared in the near future within our website. We thank all of those who have contributed to the survey.

Reviews on non-animal methods in use for biomedical research on 5 human disease areas

The JRC’s EU Reference Laboratory for alternative to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) has launched a call for tender to perform reviews of non-animal methods used in the following human disease areas: cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, immunogenicity testing for advanced therapy medicinal products, autoimmune diseases and immune oncology models Deadline: 19 October 2018. More info.

PETA & Epithelix call to win in vitro human respiratory tissue models

The PETA International Science Consortium and Epithelix offer a $5,000 award redeemable for Epithelix’ 3D reconstructed human respiratory tissue products. The award winners will be selected based on their proposal’s scientific merit and potential to replace animal testing. Researchers from any sector (e.g., industry, academia, government) are encouraged to apply, and this opportunity is open to applicants worldwide. The application deadline is 31 October 2018. More Information.

3RCC conducts survey on current gaps and opportunities in using 3R methods

The Swiss 3R Competence Centre (3RCC) has launched a survey intended to research groups interested in the application of the 3R principles that are situated in Switzerland and working on different sectors such as academia, regulatory bodies, industry and welfare organizations. The survey is designed to capture opinions on selected topics surrounding the furthering of 3R principles in Switzerland. It will be open until 19.09.2018. The answers of this survey are anonymous and confidential. We are interested in the responses of the group, as a whole, and not the individual. The results of the survey will be made available to all at the end of the collection period.

Results of survey on 3Rs in biological and biomedical research laboratories

The Zurich-based association Forschung für Leben (Research for Life), conducted a Swiss national survey on the attitude of researchers in the life sciences on the 3R principles. Conducted in early 2016, the survey was completed by more than 500 individuals. While diverse opinions were expressed, some interesting finding and patterns emerged which directly relate the aims of the swiss 3RCC.

  • In respondents over 40 years of age, only 10% indicated that the 3R principles were taught in their undergraduate courses. Optimistically however, in those under 30, 44% already knew about the 3Rs at this stage.
  • With regards to both initial reduction of animals used in experimentation, and refinement of analysis techniques, only 26% of respondents indicated they often or always took advantage of a biostatistician in their department.
  • While only a quarter of respondents indicated that they made use of pilot studies, 55% said that those results had led to major revisions of the main experiment.
  • Only a fifth of participants were able to completely replace the use of animals using in vitro or alternative technology.

The survey presents an excellent snapshot of research attitudes and practices from early 2016; ones that hopefully have continued to improve, and others to be encouraged to move forward. The full results of the survey, with commentary, are available in German.

John Hopkins CAAT: 2019 science-based refinement awards

The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Science-Based Refinement Awards. These awards focus on research projects to enhance the housing, handling, and/or experimental procedures for laboratory animals or that can reduce animal use by (for example) identifying areas of research and testing where animal models lack reproducibility and translational value. Hence, the small grants are intended for those who work hands-on with animals, such as animal welfare scientists, veterinarians, and animal care technicians, as well as for researchers who conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses of animal studies. For 2019, two awards of $5,000 each will be offered. There are no Facilities and Administrative Costs allowed on these awards. Studies with animals must be non-invasive, with the possible exception of obtaining blood for biochemical measurements (and, in this case, animals should be trained to cooperate during venepuncture). Preference will be given to studies that have broad applicability (More info).