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GER: Competition for national 3Rs prize announced

In the EU, animal experiments may be performed only when no corresponding methods to replace or reduce such experi­ments are available. Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes requires EU Member States to contribute to the development and validation of such approaches.

To drive the development of alternative methods the German Federal Ministry for Nutrition and Agriculture has announced the 34th prize for 3Rs research. The prize money is €15,000. Es­pecially junior scientists are encouraged to apply for the prize.


The prize will be awarded for innovative, future-oriented sci­entific work that contributes to the development of methods and procedures aimed at replacing or reducing animal experiments. In accordance with the 3R principle, methods that improve ani­mal husbandry or reduce pain, distress or harm in an experiment (refinement) are eligible for the award at second-tier level.


Applications should describe the biological relevance of the results for humans and the relevance for animal protection, es­pecially which animal experiment is replaced or reduced and an estimation of the number of animals that could be saved. Ap­plicants may submit manuscripts in German or English that are accepted for publication or have been published within the last two years. In case of multiple contributors, the senior author should include a statement detailing the contributions of each author.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

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BMEL press release

March 9, 2015

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