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.

1st 3RCC Call for Applications 2018

Open Day for launch of 3RCC’s 1st Call for Applications:                            
22 November  2018, 14:45 – 16:45 Auditorium 110        
1st floor, Hochschulstrasse 4, University of Bern

Please let us know by Tuesday, 19 November 2018 if you will attend the Open Day by sending an e-mail to

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 indicative maximum CHF 400,000. Infrastructure and overhead costs will not be covered by the 3RCC grants. The applications received within the application deadline will be evaluated in a one-stage process. The number of projects funded will depend on the selected projects and their 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.

Applicants are invited to consult the Application Guidelines for Project Grants for more details on the information to be provided, and send an electronic version of the completed Application Form (in English) to before the 21 January 2019 deadlineMore information on the call. For any further information or questions, please contact us at or phone 031 631 5622.