Bf3R Research Funding - Replacement, Reduction and Refinement

Every two years, the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) awards funds for scientific research projects in accordance with the 3R principle (Replace, Reduce, Refine). The total budget of approx. 350,000 Euros per year enables the funding of up to 10 projects with a funding volume of approx. 35,000 euros per year and a total duration of up to 3 years.

Aim of the Bf3R research funding

In particular, young scientists should obtain the opportunity to work on innovative and ambitious research projects that challenge established knowledge and question conventional hypotheses as part of a proof-of-concept study in order to obtain experimental data for a successful follow-up application for further funding (e. g. DFG, BMBF).

Who can apply for the funding?

Suitable applicants are public and non-public universities located in Germany, non-university research institutions, as well as companies in the industrial sector with research and development capacity. Applicants from all scientific disciplines with a completed academic education may apply (usually doctorate), but also PhD students are eligible if that they have access to the laboratory equipment needed for the successful implementation of the project.


Further information and required documents are available on our .

Animal Study Registry

Applications with an animal experimental part (e.g. in the area of refinement) have to be pre-registered in the "Animal Study Registry" of the Bf3R before the project starts:


Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR)
Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10
10589 Berlin
Tel.: 030-18412-0
Fax: 030-18412-99099

Research Coordination

Dr. Karin Schlesier
Tel.: 030-18412-32000

Dr. Diana Mutz
Tel.: 030-18412-32004


Research Coordination
Barea Hagen
Tel.: 030-18412-32009

Saskia Mewes
Tel.: 030-18412-32008

Fachgruppe ZEBET
Prof. Dr. Marta Barenys
Tel.: 030-18412-29100

Dr. Aline Stolz-Ertych
Tel.: 030-18412-29107

BMBF Priority Program „Replacement of animal experiments“

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
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Foundation for the Promotion of Alternate and Complementary Methods to Reduce Animal Testing
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