Alternative Methods to Animal Testing

“Alternative Methods to Animal Testing” annual research grants

Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) invites researchers from all disciplines to submit project proposals for the research and development of alternative methods to animal testing. The application guidelines for Stand-Alone Projects apply here.

Funding is available for projects that are clearly defined with specific limits in terms of duration and budget that make a significant contribution to the discovery and development of alternative methods and are thus in line with the 3Rs principles described by Russel and Burch in 1959. The aim is to develop research and testing methods that completely replace animal testing (replacement), reduce the number of animals used (reduction), or minimise the animals’ pain and distress (refinement).

Target group
Qualified principal investigators of all fields

Goals/purpose of the prize
High research quality measured on an international scale in the area of “3Rs research”

Requirements, duration and amount of funding
The application requirements for these projects as well as the amount and duration of funding correspond to the FWF's requirements for its Stand-Alone Projects programme

Specific information on the call

  • The relevance of the submitted application to the topic of the call for proposals must be specified on an additional call-specific form (pdf, 1.04MB). This form must be uploaded together with the application in elane.
  • Applicants may submit a maximum of one application within this call.
  • Applications submitted under this call in the Stand-Alone Projects programme are not subject to the limit on the number of ongoing projects (‘3 projects regulation (pdf, 69KB)’).


  • Annual call
  • Opening of call: 15 March 2021
  • End of Call: 17 May 2021; the possibility for submission via elane ends at 14.00 local time Vienna/Austria
  • Submission must be in accordance with the application guidelines of the Stand-Alone Projects programme
  •  Exclusively via the electronic application portal of the FWF elane

Award decision

  • Funding decisions will be made by the BMBWF on the basis of the Board’s suggestions.
  • The decisions can be expected in December 2021

The BMBWF has made €600,000 of funding available for research projects as part of this call.

The BMBWF will provide a total of €600,000 in funding for this call. Where the resources required for an excellent project to be funded by the BMBWF exceed the funding amount provided by the BMBWF, the FWF will fund the difference from its own budget.

Grant proposals which receive outstanding reviews but cannot be funded by the BMBWF will undergo the FWF's usual procedures.

Iris Fortmann or scientific project officers in the responsible specialist departments


Electronic application portal