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Funded by the German Government (BMBF) the Berlin-Brandenburg Research Platform BB3R with integrated graduate education has started in April 2014. Joint research of scientists from FU Berlin, Potsdam University, Charité Berlin, TU Berlin, BfR, and Zuse-Institute Berlin focuses on gaining substantial progress in the fields of alternative and humane testing and in strengthening the national 3R expertise. In 2016 BB3R has accomplished the following goals: The development of alternative methods for preclinical drug development and basic research is strongly enforced by BB3R´s principle investigators. For the expansion of research activities three junior professors have been appointed, started research and contribute to teaching. BMBF funded PhD students as well as those funded by the host institutions are supervised and qualified for management positions in professional areas related to the 3Rs. Specifically, the PhD students participate in annual Spring Schools. The 3rd Spring School with a focus on legal and ethical aspects (2017) will be opened for junior scientists beyond BB3R. The award-winning course “Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing” introduces under-graduate and graduate students into the ethical and legal challenges of animal tests. General professional qualification is offered by the Dahlem Research School. National and international co-operations have been and still are built which have resulted in publications in high-ranking often cited journals as well as presentations of BB3R on conferences. In the consequence, scientists increasing in number apply for associated membership in BB3R. Cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre 1112, among others, allows the introduction of cutting-edge analytical tools in BB3R and vice versa strengthens testing in 3D disease models in CRC1112.Most importantly: Freie Universität Berlin has adopted animal protection as a focus points in future development. In 2015 the German Government has opened the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals Bf3R at the Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR). This unique hub of 3R research in Berlin will be the basis for ensuring sustainability.