Public engagement awards

What is an NC3Rs public engagement award?

We are offering awards of up to £1,000 to support NC3Rs-funded researchers past and present to engage the public with the approaches being taken to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science.

In 2012, around 50% of the public wanted to find out more about work to find alternatives to animals (Ipsos MORI, 2012). The scheme aims to encourage and support NC3Rs-funded researchers to share the benefits of 3Rs research to science and society. We aim to promote a series of thought-provoking events and activities across the UK for a range of different audiences.

The awards will fund the development of almost any type of event or activity aimed at the public, and applicants are encouraged to be creative in how they intend to engage their target audience. Ideas can include:

  • Laboratory open days
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Informal discussions with public groups
  • School visits
  • Exhibition or talk as part of a local science event  (e.g. university open day, science festival)
  • Partnership event with a local community group or scientific society.

Key dates | Who can apply | How to apply | Assessment procedure | Related documents

Key dates

23 May 2016 Applications open
1 July 2016, 4pm BST Application deadline to submit to the NC3Rs office
20 July 2016 Outcome notification
31 July 2017 Award completion deadline
1 month post-award Informal report on achievements

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Who can apply

  • Applicants must be a current or previous recipient (principal investigator/co-investigator or current research group member) of an NC3Rs grant, fellowship or studentship.
  • Applicants must be based in a non-profit, academic institutions.
  • Events funded by the NC3Rs public engagement awards must take place by the end of July 2017.

How to apply

The application form can be downloaded below and submitted by email. Applicants must read the application guidance document before completing their application.

Final applications should be submitted by email to

Assessment procedure

Applications will be assessed by the NC3Rs Office staff. Final decisions will be made by the NC3Rs Chief Executive. Further information can be found in the guidance document.

Related documents

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