The programme More Knowledge with Fewer Animals (Dutch acronym: MKMD) aims to (further) develop and apply new and existing animal-free innovations. We also assist researchers to correctly weigh which experimental method(s) are necessary to provide the best possible answer to a research question. We do that together with stakeholders in research, policy and industry.
ZonMw wants to contribute to high-quality and relevant, innovative (bio)medical research. Animal-free models increasingly yield results that can be better translated into applications for humans and are therefore more relevant for medical research and healthcare innovation.
At the same time, it is also evident that it is not (yet) possible to use models without experimental animals for all research. Some research questions therefore continue to need animal experiments. In addition, ZonMw also strives to make the results from tests with experimental animals more accessible and usable.
ZonMw realises the MKMD programme on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and does this in cooperation with various parties, including the Dutch Society for Replacement of Animal Testing, Top Sector Life Sciences and Health (LSH), societal partners such as health foundations, and the umbrella organisation Association of Collaborating Health Foundations (SGF).
ZonMw is one of the partners of the national initiative Transition Programme for Innovation without the use of animals (TPI). The ambition of TPI is to ensure that the Netherlands becomes a frontrunner in the international transition to innovation without the use of animals. The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality directs the TPI trajectory in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Various initiatives that contribute to the objectives of TPI are currently underway. The MKMD programme is one of these. For more information about TPI, please see the website Animal-Free Innovation.