AFAAR and NEAVS announce a funding opportunity to advance their shared mission.

2014-15 Inaugural Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women's Health

The American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR) and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) are offering a $40,000, one-year post-doctoral fellowship grant for 2014-15 (with possible renewal) to a woman committed to developing, validating, or using alternatives to animal methods in the investigation of woman's health or sex differences. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their commitment to alternative research methods and their career goals, along with their CV, research proposal, and three letters of recommendation (including one from their mentor) by Oct. 31, 2013 to Award notification will be sent on or before Jan. 15, 2014. Please address inquiries to


The award is available to post-doctoral female scientists researching women's health or sex differences whose research involves development, validation, or use of non-animal alternatives. Applicants must be committed to using or promoting non-animal alternatives in research. Proposals are reviewed by an award committee with expertise in related fields of the project.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their commitment to non-animal research methods and women's health and/or sex differences; career goals; CV; research proposal including information regarding the scope of your research; three letters of recommendation (one from project mentor); a list of other researchers involved; and the name and credentials of your supervisor. Applicants should indicate other potential funding sources. The award is based on greatest future impact of the research as well as experience and commitment to alternatives to animal research. Send applications to AFAAR/NEAVS Alternatives Grant Award, 333 Washington St., Suite 850, Boston, MA 02108, or by email to


Aug. 15: Application acceptance opened
Oct. 31: Application submission deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
Jan. 15: Announcement of award recipient


Recipients of the 2014 AFAAR/NEAVS award must agree to the following:

  • A mid-year progress report detailing progress, anticipated outcomes, as well as setbacks and concerns
  • Acknowledgment of the award in publications and formal presentations
  • Three electronic copies of final report and publications
  • Three 300-500 word summaries of the project for publication by AFAAR/NEAVS to advance the organizations' and award's goals
  • A final summary report of the research outcomes
  • A quote and photograph to be used with AFAAR/NEAVS award reports

If the recipient is unable or unwilling to continue the funded research, the full award must be returned to AFAAR/NEAVS. If the project requires more than one year, the committee will consider but does not guarantee renewal. The current award is for the 2014-2015 cycle only. The recipient must disclose in writing if their hosting facility is engaged in animal research. If so, the recipient must confirm her role is exclusively in the development or use of alternatives, and does not support or contribute to animal projects. The recipient must also confirm in writing that she has no affiliation or obligations to any corporation that profits from sale of animals or equipment for animal research.

Award Committee

Theodora Capaldo, EdD, psychologist, AFAAR Trustee and NEAVS President
Jarrod Bailey, PhD, geneticist and NEAVS Science Advisor
Marge Peppercorn, MD, physician and NEAVS Advisory Board member
Nina Farley, MS, AFAAR/NEAVS Special Projects Coordinator

Scientific Advisory Committee

(Partial list)
Alison Estabrook, MD, breast/oncology surgeon
Martha Hutchinson, PhD, MD, pathologist
Roger Curran, PhD, in vitro researcher

More Information

Visit Alternatives to read a summary or full version of "Biological Sex Differences: Implications for Biomedical Research and Animal Use."

At this time, other funding is considered by invitation only.

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