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Two $5,000 grants for animal testing refinement research in US

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is inviting scientists, veterinarians and animal care technicians to apply for two $5,000 grants for research into the refinement of animal testing.

The grants are aimed at those who work 'hands-on' with animals used in science, as well as researchers conducting systematic reviews and meta-analysis of animal studies.

Applicants may, for example, propose research to enhance the housing or handling of laboratory animals or to lessen the negative impacts of experimental procedures on them.

The organisation is also encouraging proposals that focus on reduction of animal use, by identifying areas of testing where animal models lack reproducibility or 'translational value'.

Studies with animals must be non-invasive, with the possible exception of obtaining blood for biochemical measurements, and preference will be given to those that have broad applicability.

CAAT is also inviting applications for a separate $9,000 grant for young scientist/s to research alternative, non-animal testing.

Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the US, working at US-based institutions and must have gained their PhDs or similar degrees in 2010 or later.

The deadline for all applications is 31 December and funds are available by 1 April 2019.

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