Grants & Awards
Call for Travel Grants and Awards
WC11 provides great opportunities to offer travel grants and awards to early-career scientists. The congress organisers offers a platform to those interested in supporting these scientists to place calls on travel grants and awards on the congress website. Support can be towards, for example participation in the congress, covering travel costs or a 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 travel grant or award, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 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 a proof of registration for the congress.
Current Grants & Awards
WC11 Travel grants
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.
ESTIV Best poster award
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 President-elect Helena Kandarova email@example.com and ESTIV Vice-president João Barroso Joao.BARROSO@ec.europa.eu
at 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.
3RS student grants 2021: Call for submissions
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.
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. For each of the eligible events, 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.
Selection will be made by the jury on the basis of the following documents to be provided by the applicant:
- Abstract submitted for one of the selected events
- Detailed CV of the applicant with 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)
Enquiries should be directed to grow‐firstname.lastname@example.org
More information will follow soon.
ESTIV Travel grants
ESTIV will grant 2 travel bursaries to attend the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences taking place 22-26 August 2021 in Maastricht-The Netherlands. Grantees will be:
- Reimbursed up to 500€ of travel and accommodation costs after the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences following submission of a certificate of attendance as well as original receipts and/or invoices;
- Expected to write a contribution on the conference for the ESTIV newsletter;
- Expected to give a webinar on their research for ESTIV members.
At the time of the deadline of application, eligible candidates must be:
- Member of ESTIV for at least 1 year;
- Maximum 35 years old;
- At master, doctoral or postdoctoral level;
- Officially living or working in Europe in the past 3 years;
- Not have received a travel bursary from ESTIV in the past 5 years;
- Not have received a travel bursary from another source for attending the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences.
The application dossier should contain:
- A copy of the identity card mentioning date of birth;
- A Curriculum Vitae including full affiliation and list of publications;
- Letter of support of 2 referees among which preferably the current supervisor and/or former (master/doctoral) thesis promotor;
- A personal motivation letter.
The different documents in the application dossier should be sent as PDF files in a single mail to the ESTIV President-elect Helena Kandarova: email@example.com and ESTIV Vice-president João Barroso Joao.BARROSO@ec.europa.eu
at latest by 1 July 2021 at 5:00 pm CET.
Evaluation of the application dossiers and selection of the winners will be done by the ESTIV Board. The winners will be personally informed by ESTIV President by 12 July 2020 followed by announcement in the ESTIV newsletter and social media.
SPI 3Rs Stimulation Grant
The Dutch foundation SPI will award two grants to register for the congress for free.
- The grants (€ 600 each) will be issued to either animal technicians, animal care takers or researchers employed in the Netherlands.
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: 12 April 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 do not include travelling to and from the venue or cost for lodging in Maastricht.
Those receiving the Grant are requested to send a small report answering a few questions after visiting the conference (to be published in “Biotechniek”).
The 2021 Russell and Burch Award
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.
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) in Maastricht presenting research on the 3Rs, and more specifically towards New Approach Methods (NAMs) without animal testing.
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:
- Accepted abstract with the name of the applicant as the first author
- Declaration of attendance of the congress
Deadline for application is the 10 August 2021. Interested researchers should submit the requested documents to the ecopa secretary at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org declaring in the object: “WC11 ecopa award”. It is advised to insert reading confirmation as a 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 an official 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.
The ALTEX Prize, established 1998, is awarded to the first author of the best full article published in the journal ALTEX (www.altex.org) 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.