The EPAA partners have been bestowing awards on Scientists and Laboratory Technicians whose work has brought an outstanding contribution to the development and implementation of alternatives to animal testing. Both Science and Laboratory technician prize are awarded every other year, in alternance.
- The EPAA 3Rs Laboratory Technician Award was first launched in 2013. The next call for submissions is expected to open in June 2015.
- The EPAA 3Rs Science Prize was first launched in 2010. The next call for submissions is expected for mid-2016.
Dr Riina Sarkanen from the University of Tampere/FICAM was awarded the 2014 EPAA Science Prize. She was granted the 10,000€ prize for her outstanding research that helped developing a novel in vitro human-based vascular network model. Dr Sarkanen’s work was unanimously acknowledged by the Science Award Scientific Advisory Committee as the highest quality application received. More information can be found on the EPAA March 2015 Newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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”