Dutch Research Agenda
NWA - Animal-free assessment models: acceptance and implementation
This thematic programme of the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA) focuses on the acceptance and implementation of existing animal-free models in the assessment of the safety of substances for humans.
People are exposed to numerous chemical substances on a daily basis, such as those found in medicines, cosmetics and the environment. In order to protect them against the possible dangers of these substances, a decent safety assessment is necessary.
To date, laboratory animals are often used for this purpose. However, this use of laboratory animals is increasingly being criticised, both from a societal and scientific point of view. Think of animal welfare and the translatability of results from animals to people.
Several parties are committed to a transition to an animal-free assessment and there are countless animal-free models. Despite this, these models have just been implemented to a very limited extent.
This programme focuses on the acceptance and implementation of existing animal-free models in the safety assessment of substances for humans with associated legislation and regulations. Consortia contribute to this in a multidisciplinary, integrated manner.
Budget and duration
A budget of €2,865,000 is available for this call. Three applications of a maximum of €955,000 - with a maximum duration of five years - can be funded.
Submit your proposal before 17 February, 2022.