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3Rs Science Prize 2018: Call for submissions

3Rs Science Prize 2018: Call for submissions
Published on: 03/04/2018 Last update: 03/04/2018
Deadline: 03/09/2018
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is proud to announce that a call for submissions is now open for its 2018 3Rs Science Prize.
3Rs Science Prize 2018: Call for submissions

Application deadline: 3 September 2018 at 12:00 (noon) Brussels time.

The EPAA aims to promote the development, validation and acceptance of 3Rs alternative approaches (replacement, reduction and refinement of testing on animals). The 3Rs science prize is granted every other year to a scientist with an outstanding contribution to 3Rs. This way, positive contributions from industry or academia are promoted and more scientists are encouraged to focus their research on the 3Rs goals. Scientists working on methods for regulatory testing (e.g. safety, efficacy, batch testing) and applying the 3Rs to those methods may apply for the prize.

An EPAA jury (made up from 2 industry, 2 European Commission and 2 EPAA mirror group  representatives) evaluates the submissions and provides the EPAA steering committee with the results of the evaluation and a recommendation on the ranking of the submissions. Based on this recommendation, the steering committee should then endorse the winner, and grant a €10,000 prize.

The prize will be granted to the institution of the winner to be announced at the EPAA annual conference, on 20 November 2018. The awardee will have the opportunity to present his/her work in front of the annual conference participants, gathering regulators, industry stakeholders, academia and civil society. Applicants should, therefore, confirm that they are available on 20 November 2018 (to present their work at the annual conference if they win).

Who should apply?

Scientists working on alternative methods for regulatory testing purposes. Applicants should be based in Europe and have no more than 10 years of postgraduate experience (i.e. after obtaining their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree). Applicants should submit a written case study based on actual research (not a project on future research and no older than 5 years) where their role and involvement are shown.

The application should make clear:

  • how the above criteria are met (e.g. how the method or approach relates to regulatory testing)
  • for which regulatory requirements the applicant's approach can be used
  • what the applicant's postgraduate experience, role and involvement in the research are

The EPAA Secretariat will screen applications for eligibility criteria and inform the jury of their findings. The jury may exclude applications that do not comply with at least one of the eligibility criteria and deem them 'not eligible'.

Selection criteria

The jury, applying 6 selection criteria as shown below, will assess the eligible applications. Each member of the jury will evaluate the submissions and assess each criterion individually with a rating from 1 (very poor) to 5 (very good). The most important criteria will be double-weighted and therefore, ratings for those are very important. Every single jury member may rate applications 0-40, thus the total ranking of an application will be 0-240 points.

1. Impact on the 3Rs (reduction of animal numbers etc.) *Weighted 2*
2. Innovativeness/Contribution to meeting an urgent unmet scientific need
3. Possible applicability of the method/approach for regulatory testing (including for safety or potency) *Weighted 2*
4. Impact on predictive safety science (better data/science is obtained thanks to the work of the applicant compared to the current animal method)
5. Work potentially applicable widely e.g. to other methods and endpoints and across sectors
6. International remit (already published work, number of publications, rankings in peer-reviewed journals etc.)

Should no application get at least 160 points, the EPAA steering committee may decide not to grant the prize.

Application process

To submit an application, send an email to grow‐epaa@ec.europa.eu by Monday 3 September at 12:00 (noon), Brussels time with the following documents:

1. CV with a list of publications
2. Cover letter where the applicant explains why his/her work is relevant and how it contributes to the 3Rs
3. A max. 2500 words case study where the applicant introduces his/her work or project selected for the application and its achievements/results. Pictures, illustrations and videos may also be attached to the case study if relevant. The case study should clearly define the regulatory endpoint targeted, the method implemented and the results obtained
4. Letter of support/endorsement from their current organisation/employer

Enquiries should be directed to grow‐epaa@ec.europa.eu

Timeline

- 3 April: Launch of the call for submissions
- 3 September at noon: Deadline for submissions
- by 9 November: Winner is notified and invited to attend the EPAA conference in Brussels (sponsored by EPAA)
- 20 November: EPAA annual conference in Brussels.

More information

Find out more about previous 3Rs Science prize winners