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Science-Based Refinement Awards

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2019 Science-based Refinement Awards

Call for Proposals is now closed. 

Attention veterinarians, animal care technicians, researchers, and those who care for the well-being of animals used in science: The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Science-Based Refinement Awards.

These awards focus on research projects to enhance the housing, handling, and/or experimental procedures for laboratory animals or that can reduce animal use by (for example) identifying areas of research and testing where animal models lack reproducibility and translational value. Hence, the small grants are intended for those who work hands-on with animals, such as animal welfare scientists, veterinarians, and animal care technicians, as well as for researchers who conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses of animal studies. 

For 2019, we will offer two awards of $5,000 each. There are no Facilities and Administrative Costs allowed on these awards.

Information and application instructions:
Call for Proposals: 2019 Science-based Refinement Awards

See below for information about previous awardees and their projects.

2017 Award Recipients

  • Bret Tallent (University of Arizona College of Medicine)
    Reducing aggressive behavior in mice with the addition of cage dividers
  • Jenny Estes (University of North Carolina)
    Behavioral and reproductive impacts of different housing strategies and pseudoloma neurophilia infection in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio)

2015 Award Recipients

  • Brianna Gaskill (Purdue University)
    The influence of husbandry parameters on sleep and overall welfare in laboratory mice
  • Debra Hickman (Indiana University)
    Effects of music enrichment on individually housed New Zealand white rabbits

  • Renee Hukkanen (Dow Chemical Company)
    Methods development for pair housing of male mice
  • Cathy Shuppli (University of British Columbia)
    Refining animal experiments by fostering a culture of empathy and compassion

  • Melanie Young (UCLA)
    Efficacy of using pseudopregnant mice as fosters to eliminate surplus litters

2014 Award Recipients

2013 Award Recipients

2012 Award Recipients

2011 Award Recipients

2009 Award Recipients

2008 Award Recipients

2007 Award Recipient

2006 Award Recipients: Available Final Reports

2006 Award Recipients

2005 Award Recipients: Available Final Reports

2005 Award Recipients

2004 Award Recipients: Final Reports