The Swiss 3R Competence Centre launches its first open call for projects addressing applied and basic research projects that support the development, optimization, application and implementation of new or modified 3R approaches, methods and technologies. The projects should have a high impact on the implementation of the 3Rs, improve the reliability, relevance and animal welfare as compared to existing methodologies, and propose a clear dissemination plan to the scientific community and lay audience. The funding programme will subsidize at least one project for each of the 3Rs in Switzerland with an indicative overall budget of CHF 1,200,000. The application deadline is 21 January 2019 at 23:59 CET. More info.
Grants, awards & surveys
Updates on research grants, awards and surveys published by the 3RCC.
The Lush Prize, a collaboration between Lush Cosmetics and the Ethical Consumer Research Association, selected 17 winning projects, organisations and scientists from nine countries for this year’s award. The winners share a prize fund of GBP 330,000 across the five award categories lobbying, training, public awareness, science and young researchers. They include a large range of projects including educational proposals to end animal experimentation in classrooms, the enactment of a new chemicals law requiring prioritisation of replacement, as well as scientific advances on new models, methods and technologies. Find more info about the award winners.
We encourage you to take part in a survey by Freie Universität Berlin on simulation tools. The Freie Universität’s veterinary medicine institutes for anatomy, animal welfare, epidemiology and biometrics are developing a new simulator that will be used in courses teaching the humane treatment of animals in experimentation. In order to better implement the 3R principle and as much as possible reduce the use of animals, the university wants to use a simulator that is produced with a 3D printer. The university is currently evaluating available rat and mouse simulators. All results will be included in the analysis that provides the basis for the new simulator. More information in German.
The Swiss 3R Competence Centre will award a prize for a poster presenting innovative contributions for the Replacement, Reduction or Refinement of animal experimentation (the principles of 3R). The LS2 Annual Meeting brings together scientists from a variety of backgrounds to explore the spectrum united under the umbrella of Life Sciences. In 2019, with the topic “Cell Biology from Tissue to Nucleus”, the meeting will count with international plenary speakers from the cell biology field and will host symposia organized by the LS2 sections, as well as by guest societies and EMBO. Abstract submission is open until 9 December 2018. More info.
Another survey among animal care professionals and researchers is conducted by NC3Rs researchers at Newcastle University in the U.K. They want to assess the use of tunnel handling for lab mice, and the obstacles that are preventing the method from being more broadly adopted by researchers. Recent findings suggest that using plastic tunnels to handle laboratory mice is a more refined method than capturing them by the tail because it results in lower anxiety. By enabling mice to have improved physiological coping capacity, it may ultimately lead to increased precision in scientific findings, which is something all scientists ultimately strive for. However, the method is not used as widely as had been anticipated by the developer of the tunnel handling method. If you work with laboratory mice, please consider completing this survey, which will take no more than 15 minutes. More info.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.