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ICLAS Grant for Training the Trainer in LAS Education in Europe

ICLAS Grant for Training the Trainer in LAS Education in Europe


ICLAS supports, in collaboration with FELASA, proposals of up to 2000 euros for helping those who aim to be instrumental in the establishment of courses for any of the EU functions according to the Directive 2010/63/EU (or equivalent requirements in countries out of the European Union). Preference is given to applicants from European countries with higher need to develop a well-established education and training system.  The activity is designed with the mid or long-term goal of producing a training course that eventually fulfils FELASA accreditation requirements.


The 2020 Grant for Training the Trainer has been given to Melanie Humpenöder, from Germany, who will attend the Course at the University of Zurich, for persons responsible for directing animal experiments.


A new Call will be launched in 2021.


Background to the Scheme:

ICLAS is dedicated to advancing human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in research worldwide. ICLAS has six Regional Committees to help ensure diffusion of scientific knowledge within all regions of the world.  To address the uneven distribution in availability of educational resources within Europe, the Europe ICLAS Regional Committee has launched, together with FELASA, the following scheme in order to promote the development of high quality programs according to FELASA guidelines.   This scheme is directed mainly, but not exclusively, to countries that would like to further develop the infrastructure of high quality education and training programs at a national level.


Activities supported by the Scheme:

More specifically, the types of activities that the scheme will fund include:


  • Attendance (travel expenses or/and registration) of course organizer(s) to a FELASA accredited course in Europe with the aim of gaining direct insight of the structure and organization of such courses. Note also that several FELASA accredited course providers have kindly waived or proposed reduced registration fees to their courses for this scheme.  They are currently:  University of Oxford (UK), Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Zurich (Switzerland) and Deutsches Primatenzentrum (Göttingen,Germany).  The scheme does not require that the proposals be associated with these institutions, but if you are interested in visiting them as part of your proposal please contact the relevant course organisers directly
  • Travel expenses of a FELASA accredited course provider to the applicant country  to help  develop a training program suitable for FELASA accreditation
  • Travel expenses of experienced teachers  to cover the gaps of an already existing course in order to cover the full requirements of a FELASA accredited course
  • The joint venture between an accredited course and a course organizer from an eligible country to establish a new course.


Criteria for Eligibility.  

In addition to the above:


1) Any applicant from Europe is eligible.


2) As part of the condition of the grant, the grantee agrees to submit to ICLAS a short report on the outcome of the activity not later than 4 after weeks after the action.


Applications should be written in English and contain the following:


  • A cover letter, which should include information on the proposed activity. The statement should provide details of the course visited or developed, indicate what the candidate is hoping to gain, how he/she would use the knowledge and experience to be acquired, how that knowledge would be used.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, maximum of 4 pages in length, with emphasis on laboratory animal science training and experience.
  • Budget of the expenses.



Queries should be addressed to info@iclas.org



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