Funding & Awards

The 3RsC has curated 3Rs related funding & award opportunities applicable to individuals in North American and beyond. If you are aware of additional funding or awards please send them to us at


Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ADRF) Open Grant Program – $40,000

Due April 19, 2024. ARDF’s Annual Open Grant Program was established to fund research projects that promote the development, validation, and adoption of non-animal methods in biomedical research, product testing, and education. Research proposals are invited from non-profit, tax-exempt educational or research institution worldwide, although preference is given to proposals from U.S. institutions.

NIH Common Fund: Complement ARIE Challenge – 20 x $50,000

Due January 11, 2024. The NIH Common Fund is officially announcing the launch and submission opening for the ARIE Challenge program in November. This is meant to catalyze the development, validation, standardization and use of New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) to more accurately model human outcomes. They will award up to 20 winners up to $50, 000 each. Open to citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Grants for Laboratory Animal Science – $50,000 or $7,500

Due February. The GLAS Program provides competitive short-term research grants in the laboratory animal science field. Current AALAS members are invited to apply for one-year grants of up to $50,000 (Standard Grant) or $7,500 (Small Grant). The principal investigator (PI) must be an AALAS member but Co-PIs need not be members.

Animal Welfare Institute Refinement Research Award – $10,000

Due November 10, 2023. The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) offers rewards of up to $10,000 for this award.

*Please note the long-standing “AWI Refinement Grant” was renamed AWI Refinement Research Award. This award, which funds research projects that develop and test innovative methods of refinement to the care, housing, and husbandry of animals in research, will continue to be offered in the fall of each year. This is now distinct from the AWI Implementing Refinement Grant outlined below.* 

Animal Welfare Institute Implementing Refinement Grant – $8,000

Due November 10, 2023. The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) offers grants of up to $8,000 toward the purchase of equipment or training of staff for the purpose of refining the care, husbandry and/or housing of animals in research to improve their welfare. This grant supports the implementation of existing refinements to improve research animal welfare.

Universities Federation of Animal Welfare – >£3,500

Rolling Deadline. Each year a limited amount of money is available through the UFAW Research and Project Awards to make substantial awards (over £3,500) for research or other animal welfare projects (e.g. for educational initiatives or publications). UFAW seeks to promote both fundamental research aimed at providing new insight into the subjective mental experiences of animals relevant to their welfare and at understanding their needs and preferences, and also to promote applied research aimed at developing practical solutions to animal welfare problems.

Alan & Helene Golberg In Vitro Toxicology Grants – Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing – $40,000

April Deadline. These awards are given to research projects whose objective is to significantly reduce or replace laboratory animals in toxicology. Examples of acceptable projects could include: providing mechanistic understanding of in vitro responses to toxicants in human cells, development of AOPs, or conducting systematic reviews. Consideration should be given to the translation of this new method to evaluate/predict health outcomes.

Cancer Tissue Engineering Collaborative: Enabling Biomimetic Tissue-Engineered Technologies for Cancer Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional).

Quarterly Deadline Through Feb 2025. The National Cancer Institute

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Deadline Sept 5 2022. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funds grants for projects focusing on the development of toxicity screening, testing, and modeling approaches that support the Tox21 program.

Colgate-Palmolive Grant for Alternative Research 

Deadline Oct 9, 2022. Grant to identify and support efforts that promote, develop, refine, or validate scientifically acceptable animal alternative methods to facilitate the safety assessment of new chemicals and formulations.


International 3Rs Prize Award – $28,000 grant + $2000 personal

Due in February/March. Have you published a paper that describes outstanding and original work that has or could have major impacts on the replacement, reduction or refinement of the use of animals in research? If so, then you should apply for the annual NC3Rs prize which is sponsored by GSK to recognize a paper published in the last three years with demonstrable 3Rs impacts.

Global 3Rs Award – $10,000

Due June 1. The Global 3Rs Awards program recognizes significant innovative contributions toward the 3Rs of animal research to advance ethical science. Award nominations must be based on a primary research paper that advances any of the 3Rs (i.e., the Refinement, Replacement or Reduction of animal use) and is published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last three years.

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Awards – $2000 to $2500

Due in March/April. The Charles A. Griffin Award recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have demonstrated ethical scientific and/or technological advancements in humane experimentation or improved animal care practices. Must also be involved in their local or national AALAS. The Technician of the Year Award recognizes an individual for their accomplishment and contribution to the promotion of laboratory animal care. Must be a member of AALAS. The Charles River Prize recognizes a veterinarian who has had significant, consistent contributions to laboratory animal science and medicine including the 3Rs. The nominee must be either a member of AALAS or an AALAS-recognized affiliate organization.

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Awards

Due Feb 1. The Mentoring Award is given to individuals who have contributed substantially to the membership of ACLAM in terms of mentoring. The Career Achievement Awards in Laboratory Animal Medicine is given to a senior level diplomate of ACLAM who has afforded rare & exceptional contributions to the field over the bulk of their career. The Honorary Member Award is given to individuals, not necessarily veterinarians, who have made outstanding contributions to the specialty of laboratory animal medicine.

Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science Awards – $500 to $1250 + Free registration at CALAS

Due Spring. The Bio-Serve Enhancement or Improvement of Animal welfare Award is given to a person who has exhibited a positive impact to enhance the lives of animals and displaying the 3Rs. The Charles River Canada Award is given to a person to recognize outstanding contributions to the Canadian lab animal science field.

John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) Awards – $5000 to $7000

Due January. The Charles River Laboratories’ Excellence in Refinement Award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, promotion, and/or implementation of refinement methods in practice. The Next Generation Humane Science Award is available annually to young scientists to acknowledge and encourage researchers who focus on replacing the use of animals in experiments

Lab Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE) Awards – Plaque to $250

Due April 1. LAWTE provides awards to recognize outstanding educators and training in the laboratory animal field. They also provide an award to individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence.

Your local AALAS or CALAS chapter may also have 3Rs related awards you can apply for.

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