ARDF Annual Open Grant Program

Posted on: 04/12/2022

The goal of the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) is to fund and promote the development, validation, and adoption of non-animal methods in biomedical research, product testing, and education.

In January 2022, ARDF launched its Annual Open Grant Program. This 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 non-profit educational or research institution worldwide, although there is a preference for U.S. applications in order to more quickly advance alternatives here.

Proposals are evaluated 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 2021.


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

The deadline for proposal submission is 11:59 pm (ET) on April 15, 2022

More information on the application guidelines: here.

Apply here.




ARDF Grant