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Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize

The Ursula M. Händel Prize recognises scientists who have made exemplary and sustained efforts to improve the welfare of animals in research.

Information about the Programme

Type of Prize

Personal prize bestowed annually or biennially.


The prize is awarded to scientists who make committed efforts to promote animal welfare in their research work. In particular, this includes the development of processes contributing, in accordance with the 3R principle, to the reduction, regulation and replacement of animal experimentation.

Number and Value of Awards

The funds for the prize are donated by Ms. Ursula M. Händel. The minimum award value is €25,000. The total sum of the award is currently €80,000. The prize can be awarded to individual recipients or divided among several winners.

Selection of Prizewinners

Recipients are selected by a jury appointed by the President of the DFG based on a review of supporting documents.

Nomination Deadlines

The prize is announced publicly, together with the deadline for submission of nominations.

Documents Required

Documents suitable for review and providing detailed information on previous and, if applicable, planned scientific work according to the 3R principle; curriculum vitae in table format; publication list

Forms and Guidelines


For further information on the Ursula M. Händel-Prize please contact