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2014 3Rs Science Prize

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is proud to launch this call to apply for the 2014 3Rs Science Prize. This year, the EPAA will grant a Prize for already achieved research, or a project already at the completion with outstanding results. It is aimed at researchers involved in laboratory animal science and development of alternative methods, this Prize will be bestowed on a European young scientist whose work brought a significant contribution for the replacement, reduction and refinement of alternatives to animal testing. In line with EPAA’s Mission, the works submitted should promote the development and implementation of alternative approaches, including novel test methods and integrated testing strategies.

A prize grant of 10,000€ will be provided to the institution of the successful candidate to be announced at the EPAA Annual conference in November 2014. The awardee will also get the opportunity to give a presentation of one’s work in front of the EPAA annual conference participants, gathering regulators, industry stakeholders, academia and civil society. The EPAA was created in 2005 as a Public‐Private Partnership between services of the European Commission and stakeholders from several sectors of the European industry. To date, it gathers 5 Directorates‐general of the EC, 35 companies from 7 sectors: animal health, chemicals, cosmetics, crop protection, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, soaps and detergents and their respective federation.

Apply before 30 September 2014 noon !

More information (Call for application)

Discontinued Awards

Science Award

The biannual EPAA Science Award aims to promote the transition from innovative and experimental alternative approaches towards their industrial application and regulatory acceptance.

The EPAA Science Award supports the optimization and regulatory acceptance of 3Rs alternative methods. The award provides young scientists with the opportunity to cooperate with experienced scientists from various industry sectors and the European Commission.

Financial support of up to €100.000 is provided to the institution of the successful candidate to allow the extension of an existing research contract for a period of up to one year in order to promote the transition from existing innovative alternative approach/method from the experimental stage towards regulatory acceptance and industrial application.

Further information on the past winners of the EPAA Science award is available on the dedicated page, within our Platform on Science projects.

EPAA 3R Laboratory technician Prize

For the first time in 2013, EPAA granted a €3.000 prize to a laboratory technician involved in implementing and raising awareness of Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing.


While most of the current Three Rs prizes and awards target scientists, much of the processes using animals for safety science are actually performed by laboratory technicians and animal care takers. The purpose of this prize is to target those actually implementing alternative approaches to animal testing and raise awareness of their role for the day to day implementation of Three Rs principles and, in particular, for seizing opportunities for further Refinement. Animal technicians mainly contribute to one main ‘R’ – Refinement and this is what the prize should focus on. Most animal technicians are not working on replacement or reduction. In addition there are few prizes for the neglected R of refinement.

It is the hardest R to provide sound scientific evidence on. Therefore, this prize is an opportunity to first, recognise animal technicians as opposed to scientists and second, promote refinement – the R that has the benefit for the animals that still need to be used in experiments. Refinement refers to improvements to scientific procedures and husbandry which minimise actual or potential pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm and/or improve animal welfare in situations where the use of animals is unavoidable.


The EPAA industry partners sponsor a €3.000 prize every other year, starting in 2013. The EPAA 3Rs Laboratory technician/care taker awardee is invited to the EPAA annual conference to receive the prize and briefly explain his contribution to the 3Rs.

2013 Winner

Animal technician Jan Bilton from Leeds University won the first 3Rs Laboratory animal technician prize for her work on Treatment of Ulcerative Dermatitis in mice.

Further details to be published soon in the EPAA Newsletter.

EPAA Poster Awards - Annual Conference 2011

The EPAA Poster Award is given for a poster presented by not-for-profit organizations such as universities or NGOs. For 2011, posters in competition had to related to the 2011 lead theme on Integrated Testing Strategies (ITS) and their impact on the 3Rs.

The award consists of financial support equivalent to €1.500 to be used for reimbursement of expenses related to 3Rs activities (e.g., in support of research, dissemination activities or participation of the authors in relevant conferences or workshops).

A selection panel composed of EPAA representatives from the European Commission and industry has reviewed about 20 posters from academia or NGOs that were accepted for presentation at the Conference. Out of these, the panel agreed to award the poster of:


Dr Monika Batke et al.
(Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM))

for the poster

“ITS RepDose: A functional Integrated Testing Strategy for the endpoint repeated dose toxicity”

The absctract and the winning posterpdf

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Out of the posters presented by industry, the EPAA recognition for “best poster from industry”, to which no financial prize is attached, was granted by the selection panel to

John Doe (1), M.Embry (2) & D. Wolf (3)
(1: ParkerDoe Partnership, UK; 2: ILSI Health and Environment Science Institute, DC, USA; 3: US Environmental Protection Agency, NC, USA)

for the poster

 “Moving from Data Requirements to Knowledge Requirements”

The absctract and the winning posterpdf