Alternatives Research Grant Program (Non-Animal Methods in Biomedical Research) -- Request for Proposals

Funding Agency:
Alternatives Research & Development Foundation

ARDF's Annual Open grant program was established to fund research projects that develop alternative methods to advance science and replace or reduce animal use. Proposals are welcome from any nonprofit educational or research institution worldwide, although there is a preference for U.S. applications in order to more quickly advance alternatives here.

Expert reviewers evaluate proposals based on scientific merit and feasibility, and the potential to reduce or replace the use of animals in the near future. Proposals are considered in fields of research, testing, or education. The maximum grant is $40,000, with an average 21% funding rate from 2015 to 2019.

Since 1993, ARDF has provided over $3.5 million in funds for projects in 30 states and 5 countries.

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest


  • Utilize in silico and in vitro methods with human cells or tissues
  • Use pathway-based approaches as exemplified by the 2007 National Academy of Sciences report, Toxicity Testing in the Twenty-first Century: A Vision and A Strategy

Eligibility Requirements

  • Non-profit, educational, and/or research institutions
  • May not use intact, non-human vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  • Research, testing, and education fields



Amount Description

Maximum funding available is $40,000.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science

External Deadline

May 1, 2020