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Next Generation Humane Science Award

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The Next Generation Humane Science Award

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Complete Applications Due by 11:59pm on March 31st, 2023

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 2023 award will be a 1st prize of $5,000 to recognize the outstanding work of one young scientist. Depending on the amount and quality of the applications, a 2nd place $4,000 award may be issued as well. Please email your 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.

2023 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 2013.
  • 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 January 31st, 2023.

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

2022 (issued as Next Generation Humane Science Travel Awards)



University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Multifaceted Approach to Examine the Effects of Mechanical Forces on Uterine Fibroid Cells



Texas A&M University

Machine learned vascularized networks improve predictive power of organ-chips



Johns Hopkins University

Kidney Epithelial Cells are Active Mechano-biological Fluid Pumps



University of Central Florida

Functional neuronal platform to investigate pathology in iPSC-cortical neurons carrying PSEN1 and APP AD mutations



University of Pittsburgh

Vascular Pancreatic Islet (vPANIS) Microphysiological System for Modeling Type 2 Diabetes



University of Central Florida

Maximizing Skeletal Muscle Adhesion to Enhance Human Neuromuscular Junction Integrity and Function



University of Central Florida

Microphysiological heart liver human-on-a-chip system with a skin mimic for evaluating topical drug delivery



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Engineering Physiologically Relevant Models of Hepatic Insulin Resistance



University of Central Florida

Analysis of Rat iPSC-Cortical Neurons on MEA and its Comparison with Human iPSC-Cortical Neurons


2021 - 2022

Jessica Ponder

University of Colorado Anschulz
Clinical evidence driven validation of testing approaches for respiratory sensitizers

Julio Aleman

University of Pittsburgh
Multi-tissue specific semi-synthetic extracellular matrix for tissue specific microenvironment recapitulation for bioprinting or microphysiological platforms applications.

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