The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation

Established in 1993, the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) has been a mainstay of support for developing alternatives to animal-based methods in science. Through grant programs, achievement awards and sponsorship of scientific conferences, ARDF advances high quality scientific research that aims to replace and reduce the use of animals.

Focused on exploring non-animal methods and models, ARDF works constructively with partners in the science community to bring alternatives technology and compassion to modern biomedical research, product testing, and classroom laboratories.

ARDF Strategy


The ARDF Annual Open Grant Program was established to fund research projects that develop alternative methods or utilize an alternative approach in research, testing or education. Over $4 million in grants have been awarded to date.

ARDF's new Alternatives in Research (AiR) Challenge program will stimulate innovation in alternative methods, focused on biomedical research.


ARDF works to promote alternatives through the sponsorship of scientific meetings across the globe, participation in regulatory and industry meetings, and providing free consultations with media representatives, scientists, and government officials. ARDF also engages in legal advocacy to accelerate acceptance and utilization of alternative methods, such as its successful legal petitions to National Institutes of Health to require its grantees to produce monoclonal antibodies via in vitro methods, as opposed to traditional mouse ascites.


Recognizing individuals in the scientific community who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of alternatives, ARDF rewards scientists through its William and Eleanor Cave Award.


Sue A. Leary | President

Sue A. Leary has been President and CEO of ARDF since 1995. She has a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Nonprofit Management. Her career has focused on coordination of programs and services; education and advocacy; administration and planning; and membership development in nonprofit organizations. Since 1995, she has served as President of the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) and its affiliate, American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS). Ms. Leary is Executive Editor of the AV Magazine, and Chair of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), which operates the Leaping Bunny Program. She has served on a number of boards, including the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Martin L. Stephens | Scientific Consultant

Martin L. Stephens is a senior research associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and a scientific consultant to the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF). In both positions, he promotes animal-friendly methods in research, testing, and education. At CAAT, he is deputy director of the Evidence-based Toxicology Collaboration, where he develops new approaches to assessing the performance of test methods. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University in 2011, Dr. Stephens was vice president for animal research issues at The Humane Society of the United States. He served on the National Academy of Sciences' committee that produced the landmark report on Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy. Dr. Stephens has received numerous awards for his contributions to alternative methods and animal protection, including the Society of Toxicology's Enhancement of Animal Welfare Award. He received a Ph.D. in biology from The University of Chicago.

Board of Directors

Sue A. Leary | President

Joseph Ludwig | Vice President

Aaron McIntyre | Treasurer

Denise Cowie | Secretary

Douglas R. Barr, Sr.

Robert Finn

Frank Krafchik

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801 Old York Road, Suite 218, Jenkintown, PA 19046