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The Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (JSAAE)
Invitation for application for 2007 research grants

Planning Committee, the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments
Each year, the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments, or JSAAE, provides subsidies to promote research that complies with the objectives and principles of our Society's establishment, which is to promote research, development, education, and surveys related to alternatives to animal experiments and to broadly disseminate the results of such endeavors. This year, we will accept applications as outlined below. We look forward to receiving numerous applications from our members.
Our policies regarding this year's invitation for applications as well as research topics are shown below.
1. Content of research: Must comply with the Society's objectives and principles as mentioned above.
2. Eligibility for application: JSAAE member
3. Obligations of the researchers who will receive the grants:
They will give a presentation on the research for which they have obtained a subsidy, at the assembly of the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments, to be held between November and December 2008. They will also send a paper to AATEX Journal before March 31, 2009. If their paper is adopted for publication in the journal, the authors must submit a separate print to the Planning Committee. In publishing their papers, they will clearly credit JSAAE with having provided a grant-in-aid. Moreover, they must submit a summary of their research results to the JSAAE President by way of the Planning Committee before December 31, 2008. If any of these obligations are unfulfilled, the Society will require the recipient to return the subsidy.
4. Amount of subsidy: A subsidy shall be provided to one research project, in principle, with a budget totaling approximately 1 million yen. Usage of the fund shall not be rigorously checked as long as it is used appropriately for research.
5. Criteria for screening the applications for research grants
In principle, members of the Planning Committee will make mutual evaluations in accordance with steps (1) through (5) as follows.
  • Application documents submitted in 2005 included those that had no descriptions of "Number used" and "Pain" when using animals. Please note that applications whose descriptions relating to these matters are missing will suffer major disadvantages when being evaluated.
    (1) The fact that the purpose of research complies with the objectives and themes of the JSAAE, as well as with the "Three Rs" for promoting alternatives to animal experiments, namely;
    • Replacement: Does the research lead to replacement of animal experiments?
    • Reduction: Does the research lead to a reduction in the number of animals used?
    • Refinement: Does the research lead to enhancing the quality of animal experiments, such as alleviating the animals' pain during animal experiments?
    (2) The fact that the method of research complies with the objectives and themes of the JSAAE
    • If animals are to be used, is the number used appropriate?
    • Is it possible to show that the experiment does not inflict unnecessary pain on the animals?
    (3) The fact that the content of research contributes to the development of science, and is of broader academic interest
    (4) The research has a high probability of obtaining the targeted results. In principle, assistance is provided for a single fiscal year only, so ideally the initially planned results should be obtained within the period of support mentioned above.
    (5) In principle, subsidies shall not be provided to the same individual for two years in a row. Priority will be placed on young researchers where possible.
6. Formats of application documents: On an A5 sheet of paper, use characters of font size about 10.5 and write about 35 lines per page on each of the following items:
  • Page 1: (1) Name of applicant, (2) Date of birth, (3) Age, (4) Affiliation, (5) Contact information such as address, postal code, telephone number, fax number, and email address, (6) Academic degree and date obtained, and (7) Current major or area of specialization.
  • Pages 2 and 3: (8) Research subject, (9) Total research expenses and a brief breakdown, (10) Purpose of research, and (11) Research plan.
  • Page 4: (12) Research accomplishments (only major accomplishments during the past 5 years)
7. Send your application to:
Department of Management Nutrition, Faculty of Home Economics, Kamakura Women's University
Address: 6-1-3 Ofuna, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture 247-8512, Japan.
Attention: Masaharu Akita (member, Planning Committee, the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments)
Tel: 0467-44-2111 Fax: 0467-44-7131
8. Deadline: In principle, please send the application document, as a Microsoft Word file attachment to an email, to Masaharu Akita mentioned above. The deadline for application will be Sunday, September 23. Applications will be accepted up to the end of the day. If documents are to be sent by post as a hard copy, those postmarked with the deadline date will be considered valid. Documents that have arrived after the deadline date will not be subject to review. Receipt of each application will be notified by email, sent by Akita. Please contact us if you do not receive an acknowledgment of receipt.
9. Schedule for screening and grant issuance:
After the deadline for application has closed, members of the Planning Committee will start deliberations in late September and select those individuals to be recommended for a grant. Afterwards, the necessary procedures will be completed, and subsidies will be disbursed before late October.
10. Inquiries: Send inquiries to the same address as you sent the application. Please use email or fax where possible.

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