3R Research Foundation Switzerland (1987 - 2018)

The 3R Research Foundation Switzerland was active between 1987 and 2018. Since its foundation, the 3R Foundation received around 482 applications for research grants and 146 of these projects have received a total of CHF 18.8 million. The Swiss 3RCC has taken over the foundation's funding activities from 2018.

The aim of the 3R Foundation was to promote alternative research methods to animal experimentation through grants for research projects as well as to implement and promote the 3R principles. The organisation supported first and foremost projects aimed at developing new methods or refining accepted methods (validation) which offered improvements vis-à-vis standard animal experimentation in line with the 3R motto Replace, Reduce, Refine. Research projects were selected for support according to periodically defined principal areas for financial support.

The 3R Foundation is a cooperative institution set up in 1987 by the Parliamentary Group for Animal Experimentation Questions (public organ), Interpharma (www.interpharma.ch/fr/propos-damp039-interpharma/2810-membres) and the Foundation for Animalfree Research (animal protection). The organisation was supervised by the Federal Department of Home Affairs.

The Administrative Board was made up of nine members, two representing the Swiss parliament, two representing animal protection, two from Interpharma and two from the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, as well as a representative of other interested circles.

The Board has appointed an Evaluation Committee to assess proposed research projects and applications for grants. This Committee in the end comprised 14 scientists from the academic and industrial sectors.

Research into experimental methods, which do not involve live animals, has played an important role in replacing animal experimentation by alternative methods. The Foundation also aimed, however, at improving animal experimentation methods in line with increased animal protection. The research activities which have benefited from 3R's support have made a major contribution towards reducing the number of experiments involving live animals in Switzerland, as well as developing better or new methods.

The funds used to support approved projects were provided in equal parts by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office and Interpharma. An annual amount of approximately CHF 600,000 was available for grants.

Total funding for approved projects       CHF 19 632 951.45
Contributions from the Confederation    CHF 11 828 000.00
Contributions from Interpharma             CHF 11 998 000.00

Overview of 3R Foundation-financed projects
For more information see: Good science with less animal experimentation, published by the Stiftung Forschung 3R in English and German.