The NGO Doctors Against Animal Experiments (DAAE; Ärzte gegen Tierversuche e.V.) announces the Herbert Stiller Research Grant to support animal-free research. The grant is awarded for excellent innovative research focusing on the investigation and therapy of human diseases. Supported projects should significantly contribute to medical progress by employing animal-free, human-based approaches such as in vitro studies or clinical and epidemiological investigations into the causes of the diseases of civilization.

The research grant, named after one of DAAE’s co-founders, Dr. Herbert Stiller (1923-1984), specialist in neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, was awarded a total of 7 times in the 1990s and 2000s. Earmarked sponsorship funds made a new grant reward possible in 2019. The grant will be awarded again this year and will be issued in two-year intervals.

Application criteria

Innovative and human-relevant projects in the medical or biomedical field can be submitted including human-based in vitro models, in silico analyses or clinical and epidemiological studies. Researchers located in Germany or other German-speaking countries are eligible to apply. The proposals should aim at a significant contribution to medical progress and to the elimination of animal experimentation (reduction and refinements projects are not accepted). The projects should not be funded by other third-parties at the time the applications are submitted. All methods and materials used within the project must be animal-free (e.g. no FCS or animal-derived antibodies). Applicants should identify with DAAE’s principles and goals.

The project duration should not exceed 2 years. An informal progress report has to be submitted after the first year, and a final report has to be delivered after the second year. By accepting the grant, the award winners declare themselves willing to present their project at a public event (either present or online). A summary of the study will also be published on the homepage and social media channels of Doctors Against Animal Experiments.

Funding type and amount

The personal research grant amounts to € 20.000 and is awarded every two years. The funding is provided by earmarked donations.

Funding purpose

The research grant is awarded to scientists focused on animal-free research. In particular, we aim to motivate young scientists to use and develop modern non-animal technologies.

Funding is intended for original, human-relevant research projects that contribute significantly to promoting medical progress and permanently abolishing animal experiments in a certain area.

Winner selection

The awardee(s) will be selected by the scientific department of Doctors Against Animal Experiments consisting of biological scientists and medical professionals. 

Timetable and deadlines

Applications are to be submitted by 31st July 2021. The public award ceremony will take place in October 2021. The financing and the project period begins in November / December. 

Application documents

The application documents (in German or English) should contain a description of the research project, a tabular curriculum vitae, a list of all participating scientists including affiliations and a list of publications. The project description should include the following points:

  1. Abstract (½ page)
  2. Research objectives and relevance for human medicine (1 page)
  3. Project time plan, scientific background, all used research methods, information on the animal-free origin of relevant materials such as cell media components, antibodies and enzymes, preliminary work when available (max. 6 pages)
  4. Explanation of the importance for animal welfare (1 page)
  5. A reference list

Please send your application (pdf format) to filipova@aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de

Contact person

Dr. Dilyana Filipova
E-mail: filipova@herbert-stiller-preis.de 
Phone: +49 2203-90409-85