Research Funding

Calls for proposals, guidelines, application forms

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 and a targeted call in the summer 2019.


Call for projects 2018

The 2018 call for projects is closed now.
The 3RCC received 54 applications, 50% with a main focus on replacement, 32% on reduction, and 18% on refinement projects. We thank all submitters. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their proposal evaluation in due course.


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 secretariat@swiss3rcc.org.
  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 secretariat@swiss3rcc.org or phone 031 631 5622.


3RCC funding regulations

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