Grants & Awards

Call for Awards and Grants

WC11 provides great opportunities to offer grants and awards to early-career scientists. The congress organisers offer a platform to those interested in supporting these scientists to place calls on grants and awards on the congress website. Support can be towards, for example, participation in the congress or the best poster/oral award.

WC11 will explore the latest in 3R R&D and will provide a multidisciplinary program in the field of alternatives to animal testing in the life sciences and is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees.

To submit your grant or award, please send the following information to

  • Description: information about the grant or award.
  • Application: how can scientists apply? Include also contact information and deadlines for application.
  • Attachments: what items do they need to provide? We suggest a CV, supporting letter from their department, abstract and proof of registration for the congress.


The 2021 Russell and Burch Award

Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

The Humane Society of the United States welcomes nominations of scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of alternative methods in the areas of research, testing or higher education for the Russell and Burch Award. Alternative methods—also known as the Three Rs—are methods that can replace or reduce the use of animals, or refine procedures so that animals experience less pain or suffering.

The award is named in honor of William Russell and Rex Burch, the scientists who formulated the Three Rs approach of replacement, reduction and refinement. The award recognizes those who have played an important role in limiting the use and suffering of animals in laboratories.

Candidates are judged on the scientific merit of their contribution to the alternatives field, as well as their impact and professional commitment to alternatives. Applicants should have a proven history of laboratory work that is above reproach on humane grounds.

Nominations should be submitted by 30 April 2021. No special forms are necessary. Candidates nominating themselves should submit a cover letter explaining their suitability for the award, a curriculum vitae and three published articles (preferably in PDF format) that represent their work in alternative testing methods. Those nominating others should submit a letter explaining the nominee’s suitability for the award and arrange to have a curriculum vitae and three published articles (preferably in PDF format) forwarded.

For more information, please click here.

ESTIV Best poster award

Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

ESTIV will grant a best poster award, including 500€ and 1 year (2021) free ESTIV membership, to a PhD student or young scientist (≤ 35 years old) presenting her/his research work in the field of in vitro or in silico toxicology per poster as first author during the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences taking place 22-26 August 2021 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The winner will be selected based on scientific excellence, innovation and clarity of the poster presentation. Eligibility also includes presence during the closing ceremony of the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, as the winner will be announced at this occasion.

Attendees of the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences need to indicate their interest in the ESTIV best poster award by sending the following documents to ESTIV ( at the latest by 1 August 2021:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Supporting letter from the supervisor or the head of department;
  • Abstract as first author submitted for poster presentation to the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences;
  • Proof of registration for the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences.


Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress


Awarded to a young scientist (max. 35 years old) participating in the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (WC11) presenting research on the 3Rs, and more specifically towards New Approach Methods (NAMs) without animal testing.

Application process
Abstracts submitted via the congress website that satisfy the age (under 35) and award criteria (3Rs/NAMs) are eligible in the selection process.

Applicants are requested to send:

  • CV
  • Accepted abstract with the name of the applicant as the first author
  • Declaration of attendance of the congress

Interested researchers should submit the requested documents to the ecopa secretary at the email address: declaring in the object: “WC11 ecopa award”. It is advised to insert reading confirmation as proof of receipt.

The ecopa board or its representative will select the contributions that best represent ecopa’s mission of 3Rs, as explained in the ecopa strategy document. The decision on the winner will be taken by the ecopa Board or by its representatives during the Congress on the basis of the quality of the contribution (poster or oral presentation) and eligibility criteria. The amount of the Award is € 500.
The Award will be given during the official WC11 Award Ceremony on the last day of the congress. To receive the award, the applicant will send ecopa’s Treasurer an A4 copy of the poster or, in the case of oral presentations, the title and the pdf file of the presentation.


Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

The ALTEX Prize, established 1998, is awarded to the first author of the best full article published in the journal ALTEX ( in the previous year.

The winning article is elected by the members of the Board of ALTEX Edition, the ALTEX Editorial Board and the editorial office of ALTEX. Articles on which members of the Board of ALTEX Edition or the editorial office are first or last authors are excluded.

The Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation generously sponsors the ALTEX Prize, which entails a personal prize of CHF 2.000.

Charles River Excellence in Refinement Award

Since 2005 Charles River, in cooperation with Johns Hopkins University's Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), has proudly sponsored the Charles River Excellence in Refinement Award. This award honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, promotion, and/or implementation of refinement methods in practice.

Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

Application closed.

Björn Ekwall Memorial Fund (BEMF) Award

Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

Application closed.


WC11 Grants

Not yet confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

The WC11 organizers will award several travel bursaries of € 500 each to non-EU early-stage career scientists presenting their work as first author at WC11.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Have received appropriate qualification, such as a master degree, allowing to commence a PhD, but not necessarily have started a PhD yet;
  • Have less than 8 years of research experience following receipt of that qualification, which could be without a PhD, in the middle of a PhD or a fairly recently finished a PhD;
  • Be officially living in a non-EU country.

To apply for a travel bursary, candidates must send the following documents by 1 June 2021 to:


  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Supporting letter from the supervisor or the head of department;
  • Abstract as first author submitted for poster or oral presentation to WC11.

SPI 3Rs Stimulation Grant

Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

The Dutch foundation SPI will award two grants to register for the 11th World (virtual) congress on alternatives and animal use in the life sciences for free.

  • One grant will be issued to either an animal technician, animal care taker or researcher employed in the Netherlands.
  • One grant will be issued to a student registered in the Netherlands, to be trained as such.

To be eligible you need to send:

  • A letter of motivation (including the name of your employer/educational institution);
  • A copy of your abstract (if applicable) issued to the conference.


Before: 1st of July 2021.

We will review your application within two weeks.
Those receiving the grant will be asked to register and can claim the registration (full registration, early birds). Funds only include registration.

Those receiving the Grant are requested to send a small report answering a few questions after visiting the conference (to be published in “Biotechniek”).

3RS student grants 2021: Call for submissions

Confirmed for WC11 Virtual Congress

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) supports students and young scientists with outstanding work in the field of alternative approaches for attending a high-profile scientific event.

Every year, a number of high-profile international meetings bring together world-class scientists working on the development and acceptance of 3R alternatives to animal testing (Replacement, Reduction, or Refinement). Costs linked to participation may prevent students with promising work or young scientists at the beginning of their career from attending these events. The EPAA partners are therefore happy to sponsor the 3Rs Student grants to facilitate the participation of students and young scientists in such events.

A jury will assess the applications and propose a list of selected candidates to the EPAA Steering Committee. The jury will be composed of 4 members (two from the Industry and two from the European Commission) who will judge. A lump sum of € 1,500 is available. Two levels of grants are offered by the EPAA partners: 1 half grant and 1 full grant.

Eligibility criteria for both students and events are defined as follows. Applications falling out of this scope will not be accepted.


  • Applicants have to be based (i.e. studying) in one of the 27 EU Member States or the UK. Citizenship may be from any country (i.e. also outside of the EU).
  • Applicants must be graduated (BSc / First cycle completed with at least 180 ECTS credits) when
    applying and should not have a doctoral degree.
  • Applicants must still be considered as full-time students or young scientists (≤ 35 years old) when applying.
  • Young scientists employed by industry are not eligible
  • No funding or reimbursement by another entity for the same student and event is allowed.

Application and selection process

The application process is as follows:

  1. Applications must be sent to EPAA functional mailbox (grow‐ by midnight of the day indicated above
  2. The Award will be granted provided an abstract is accepted for an oral presentation. At the sole discretion of the Jury, in exceptional cases work presented in a poster format will be eligible, too. EPAA visibility must be guaranteed by including a clear acknowledgment of EPAA’s support in the presentation/poster.

Selection will be made by the jury on the basis of the following documents to be provided by the applicant:

  • Abstract submitted for the congress
  • Detailed CV of the applicant with a list of publications (if any)
  • Cover letter describing why the work described in the abstract is important for the 3Rs and why it should be supported by the EPAA grant
  • Recommendation letter from a professor/supervisor also confirming the applicant is a full-time student
  • Proof of acceptance to the event (i.e. invitation to the event or confirmation mail)

EPAA recognition
The winner of the grant accepts to give recognition to EPAA in their presentation/poster. The winner is required to provide proof that clearly shows him or her giving recognition to EPAA (a photo or a video with an oral statement).

The winner of the grant also accepts that the EPAA may publish the abstracts of the presentation / the poster on its website (after the congress), in order to promote and disseminate the research. A short summary report of the event and how the student benefitted from the participation needs to be provided.

Deadline for the application: 2 July 2021
Enquiries should be directed to grow‐

Student Registration Fee Grant Support by Björn Ekwall Memorial Foundation

The main goal of the Björn Ekwall Memorial Foundation (BEMF) is to honour the memory of Dr. Björn Ekwall by giving a reward to a scientist who has substantially contributed to the field of cell toxicology, e.g. by developing new in vitro tests, or via mechanistic or validation studies. This year we will give our reward to Dr. Sandra Coecke in a price ceremony at the WC11 virtual congress. In addition, we will support the registration fee for four students working with animal free methods in life sciences. The requirement is a poster presentation.

Your application should be sent to Prof. Stina Oredsson (Chair of BEMF):
Deadline for application: August 1, 2021

Supporting letter from your department/supervisor
Abstract submitted to WC11
Proof of registration for the congress