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The EPAA 3Rs Science Award

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Project aim

The EPAA 3Rs science award offers European young scientists the opportunity to cooperate with experienced scientists from across industry sectors and the European Commission. Worth up to €100,000 (funded by the EPAA industry partners), this award is granted every other year and aims at providing young scientists with the opportunity to engage with industry partners to promote the optimization and regulatory acceptance of novel alternative approaches. It is another example of EPAA’s activities within the framework of its virtual «Market Place», where those who have information with potential for 3Rs are brought in contact with those who need to know.

After the 2010 ad 2012 Prizes, the next edition of the EPAA 3Rs Science Award is expected for 2014. A call for submissions will be published on the EPAA website and on relevant websites at the beginning of 2014.

Science Award 2012: Increasing the predictive capacity of the fish embryo test".


Awardee: Dr Nils Klüver, from the Department of Bio-analytical Eco-toxicology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany

Industry Partner: L’Oréal

“Systematic approach to investigate outliers of the fish embryo test to increase its predictive capacity and applicability domain for acute fish toxicity and beyond”

For further information, please download the Awardee’s presentationpdf at the EPAA 2012 annual Conference

Science Award 2010: Ex Vivo Eye Irritation Testing


Awardee: Dr Felix Spöler, from Aachen University, Institute of Semiconductor Electronics of the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule, Germany

Industry Partner: BASF

The winner of the 2010 EPAA award, Felix Spöler, of the Institute of Semiconductor Electronics, RWTH Aachen University, outlined his work on a promising stand-alone replacement to the Draize Eye Irritation Test: Proofing the relevance of the Ex Vivo Eye Irritation Test (EVEIT) as a self-contained in vitro substitute for the Draize Eye Irritation Test.

For further information, please download the Awardee’s presentationpdf at the EPAA 2010 annual Conference and an abstractpdf.