International 3Rs Prize 2017
This year’s 3Rs Prize, sponsored by GSK, is awarded to Dr Elisa Passini for work on computer modelling of cardiotoxicity.
Pint of Science (14-16 May)
The NC3Rs is sponsoring public engagement events around the UK as part of this year's Pint of Science festival.
'Mouse handling made easy' webinar (27 April 2018)
Learn the benefits of non-aversive handling methods and tips on how to implement them.
Listen to our podcast co-produced with LabAnimal
We have teamed up with LabAnimal to bring you “3 Minute 3Rs”, a monthly podcast summarising the latest 3Rs news.
PhD Studentship scheme
The deadline for outline submissions to our Studentship scheme is 1 May 2018 at 4pm.
Public engagement awards scheme: open rolling call
Grant holders can apply for an award of up to £1,500 to engage the public in 3Rs research.
The 3Rs
We have updated our definitions of the 3Rs so they are more reflective of contemporary scientific practice and developments.
New standards for non-human primate research
We have launched an updated version of our guidelines on accommodation, care and use.
Order hard copies of our resources
Posters and other resources, posted to you (for free) to inform your experimental work.
Highlight notice 2018: across all funding schemes
Applications incorporating systematic reviews for 3Rs purposes.
Tickling rats: an enrichment to improve rodent welfare
Exploring a novel technique for refining experiments through social enrichment.
Re-use of needles: is this an indicator of a culture of care?
This guest blog post explores the issue of re-using needles in day-to-day practice.

The NC3Rs

If you are a scientist, animal technician, veterinarian, regulator, funder or policy maker, the NC3Rs can help you to:

  • Drive scientific and technological developments that replace, reduce or refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs)
  • Ensure your animal experiments are as robust and reproducible as possible
  • Provide the best welfare for laboratory animals


Science-led and evidence-based, we fund research and early careers, foster collaborations between universities and industry to develop and commercialise 3Rs technologies, and provide information on the latest advances to put the 3Rs into practice.

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Latest news & blogs

Pint of Science returns this May

The NC3Rs is sponsoring public engagement events around the UK as part of this year's Pint of Science festival.

International 3Rs Prize awarded for computer modelling that predicts human cardiac safety better than animal studies

Work on an in silico model that predicts cardiotoxicity more accurately than animal studies has won the 2017 3Rs Prize, awarded by the NC3Rs and sponsored by GSK.

Celebrating female researchers for International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, we are highlighting some of the amazing women whose work is advancing the 3Rs, both in the UK and internationally.

£700k awarded in the 2017 CRACK IT Challenge competition

Seven teams have been awarded funding to develop marketable products or improve business processes that will have a significant 3Rs impact.

Fellowships awarded to support early career researchers

We have awarded four new NC3Rs Fellowships to support 3Rs research in a range of disease areas.