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Next Generation Humane Science Award

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Application Period Now Open EXTENDED DEADLINE: Complete Applications Due by 11:59pm on December 3rd, 2021

The Next Generation Humane Science Award is available annually to young scientists to acknowledge and encouraging researchers who focus on replacing the use of animals in experiments. The 2021 award will be a prize of up to $5,000 to recognize the work of one young scientist; this may be shared among two or more young scientists. Please email completed application to

Qualification Criteria

The work must be focused on the replacement of animals used in experimentation. Excellence of research outcome as demonstrated by publications and presentations at scientific meetings. The review committee will also take into account:

  • The significance of the potential to replace animal experiments in the future.
  • Providing an inspiration to others (fellow students, members of the research group) and outreach to wider audiences.
  • The potential for the replacement methodologies to be used in a regulatory context.

2021 Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States working at a US-based institution.
  • The candidate should not have received a PhD or similar degree earlier than 2012.
  • Current and former employees (or their family members) of the Center of Alternatives to Animal Testing at Johns Hopkins University cannot apply.

Application procedure and documentation

Applications are due by 11:59pm on December 3rd, 2021. 

Full Application here

  • CV: maximum two pages
  • List of all publications
  • Two reference letters, not to exceed two pages each, stating why you should receive this award. These letters should be from individuals well-qualified in the field, at least one of whom is not associated with the research itself (such as current supervisors or co-authors of publications). 

Previous Award Winners

Leah Wehmas 
Oregon State University/US EPA 
Awarded for her work on recently developed genomics technologies to make use of archival tissues from toxicity studies that will minimize the need for new animal studies in toxicology

Danielle Ireland
University of California, San Diego
Pioneering high-throughput screening in freshwater planarians to replace developmental neurotoxicity testing in animals

William Daly
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Generating Neural and Vascular Microphysiological Systems as Alternatives to Animal Testing