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We replace animal experiments. This is the guideline for the Animalfree Research program: the foundation supports research projects that have a clear 3Rs objective and which are explicitly geared towards the replacement of animal experiments.

The Animalfree Research foundation supports the 3Rs research and implementation of alternative methods.
The Animalfree Research foundation supports the 3Rs research and implementation of alternative methods.

The research funding of the Animalfree Research foundation supports projects that intend to replace or reduce experimentation on animals. Successfully completed research projects are, however, only the first step: the projects must also find their way into the industry laboratories to effectively replace animal experiments.


In order to distribute the awareness of the developed alternative method, each beneficiary of the Animalfree Research's funds is contractually bound to publish their results in a recognized scientific journal. At the same time, the Animalfree Research uses the data to convey this information to the general public, e.g. through the presentation on the webpage.


But is it possible to speak explicitly about the 3Rs research, when the same methods and techniques are being used as in the "normal" research? The Animalfree Research foundation sees a clear difference: the 3Rs research projects explicitly target the replacement of animal experiments. In many cases, a research project is motivated not primarily by scientific interest, but rather by animal welfare aspects – it stems from the desire to improve or end an animal experiment (often at own institute) that is perceived as problematic. This is a fundamental difference to research that is scientifically motivated or that has human and environmental health as its objective. Nevertheless, the boundaries are often fluid: a primary scientific research project can for instance result in a reduction in animal numbers as a side effect.


The Animalfree Reseach foundation, however, has a clear research strategy and sets a clear 3Rs objective for project evaluation: scientifically sound and with the greatest possible positive impact on animal welfare.