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Welfare funding

CAAT Grants

Although relatively small individually, these grants offer critical seed money that allows researchers to demonstrate the value of a particular area of study so they can gain support from the NIH and other sources. We have a stringent, peer-reviewed process for selecting the recipients of these grants. This process consists of sending each application to at least four experts in the field from academic, industrial, and government institutions. 


Organisations in the field of Three Rs

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

AALAS is an association of professionals that advances responsible laboratory animal care and use to benefit people and animals.


Danish 3R-Center

The Danish 3R-Center initiate activities that may lead to the immediate implementation of the 3Rs.


Dutch 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences

The mission statement of the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences (ULS) is to stimulate the development, acceptance and implementation of methods which can Replace, Reduce and Refine (the 3Rs) animal experiments.

The centre is affiliated with Utrecht Life Sciences and provides information and advice to the Animal Welfare Body of both Utrecht University and the University Medical Centre Utrecht.


European Consensus-Platform For Alternatives (ECOPA)

The primary aim of ecopa is to promote "the three Rs" (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) in the use of animals in research, testing, education and training in Europe. ecopa strives for consensus between all four stakeholders (Government and regulatory authorities, Academia,Industry, Animal protection and welfare organisations) in attempting to achieve its goals.


The Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA)

FELASA represents common interests in the furtherance of all aspects of laboratory animal science (LAS) in Europe and beyond. Membership is open to LAS associations of nations of Europe.


Institute of Animal Technology (IAT)

IAT's purpose is to advance knowledge and promote excellence in the care and welfare of animals in science and to enhance the standards and status of those professionally engaged in the care, welfare and use of animals in science. Its members have expertise across all aspects of animal welfare and technology and we actively support the three R's – Refinement, Reduction & Replacement.


International Council for Lab Animal Science (ICLAS)

International Council for Lab Animal Science (ICLAS) ICLAS is an international scientific organization dedicated to advancing human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in research worldwide.


Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association (LAVA)

Laboratory Animal Veterinary Association (LAVA)- The Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association (LAVA) is a non-territorial specialist division of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

LAVA's members are veterinary surgeons and students from the UK and elsewhere who are interested in laboratory animal medicine and science. Many members act as Named Veterinary Surgeons under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in a full or part time capacity. Vets working in academic, drug discovery, commercial and contract research environments are represented as clinicians or in other aspects of the care and use of animals in biomedical research. LAVA promotes best practice and the dissemination of new technologies through its biannual meetings and other avenues. It represents laboratory animal vets at national and international level when needed for discussions and decision making on laboratory animal law, welfare, ethics, transport, techniques and disease.


National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Universities Federation for Animals Welfare (UFAW)

 The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) is an independent registered charity that works with the animal welfare science community worldwide to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of animals through scientific and educational activity.


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