Subsidy programme: More Knowledge with Fewer Animals (MKMD)

Funds for developing new methods, and improving existing ones, for research without animal testing: that is what the More Knowledge with Fewer Animals (MKMD, Meer Kennis met Minder Dieren) programme run by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) offers.

Subsidy for science without animal testing

The MKMD programme encourages research that ensures that animal testing will not be as necessary, or in fact no longer necessary, such as:

  • systematic literature research in which researchers map out previous research better, eliminating the need for new animal tests;
  • publishing neutral or negative research results, to prevent double research;
  • making animal-free innovations easier to find.

Calls for animal-free research

The programme also has its own calls for research. For example:

  • Covid-19: animal-free research into the coronavirus (Dutch);
  • Create2solve: helps industry with solutions for animal-free innovations (Dutch);
  • InnoSysTox: studies which substances are toxic to humans without the use of animal testing.

Human measurement models

Together with other TPI programme partners, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) is working on a funding programme for research into human measurement models. This focuses on research using human material or computer models that rely on human data.