Targeted Calls

3R Doctorate Programme

Refinement Grant

Knowledge Transfer

Timeline of Current and Upcoming Funding Opportunities


During this current finance period (2021-2024), the 3RCC will launch several calls to promote the advancement of 3Rs in Switzerland. We will provide more information on the different programmes over the coming months.

3Rs Doctorate Programme (Complete)
With its 3Rs Doctorate Programme the centre wants to encourage a new generation of researchers to put new methods into active practice and disseminate them, thereby advancing the application of the 3Rs principle.

2023 Targeted Call (Applications Open) This call focusses on new strategies for better management of surplus animals. Currently open for new outline applications.

2022 Targeted Call (Complete)
This call centres around furthering implementation of interesting, promising and scientifically established 3Rs-related approaches into effective practice. Currently under final review.

2021 Targeted Call (Complete)
The 2021 Targeted Call aimed to provide an integrated 3Rs-alternative approach for specific high-severity animal models. Application closed in November 2021.

Refinement Grants (2022 Complete; 2023 application deadline 15.10.2023)
The centre is also offering Refinement Grants of up to CHF 20,000 to promote training and dissemination of already existing refinement approaches and to encourage development of further refinement approaches.

Knowledge Transfer Grants (2022 Complete; 2024 to launch in May 2024)
Through Knowledge Transfer Grants younger researchers may apply for funding of a short-term stay with another national or international research group to learn a novel 3Rs approach and implement it at their home institution.

Open 3Rs Science Fund (To Open January 2024)
Scientists may also apply for Open 3Rs Science, which can be used to support preregistration, open access publications, open-source software tools or other resources, which help make research as transparent and accessible as possible.

Each specific call will have its own set of eligibility criteria, application forms, review forms, and guidance.
For the most general information on our funding process, see our regulations (latest version from 2018; and in revision)