2018 CRACK IT Challenges Launch Event

  • NC3Rs
Thursday 06 September 2018 10:30
Central London

This year’s NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges will be launched at an event held on 6 September in central London.

The 2018 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. This year the competition is funded by the NC3Rs, co-funding provided by EPSRC (RaTS) with in-kind contributions from the Sponsors. There are four Sponsors (Galvani Bioelectronics, GSK, MRC Harwell Institute and Sanofi Pasteur EU).

The Challenges are detailed in the Challenge briefs which include a description of the problem to be solved, the 3Rs benefits, the names of the Sponsors and the nature of their proposed in-kind contributions, the notional financial cost of the project (the sum to be awarded by the NC3Rs), the potential timescale of the work and proposals for the organisation of the project. The 2018 Challenges are listed below:

  • Challenge 29: “ImmuLiver”: An immunologically-competent liver model to assess attenuation of yellow fever vaccines. (Two Phase Challenge Sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur EU).
  • Challenge 30: “RaTS”: Raman Transmission Spectroscopy for objective monitoring of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) progression in rodent models. (Two Phase Challenge Sponsored by Galvani Bioelectronics and GSK and co-funded by EPSRC).
  • Challenge 31: “Moshers”: Mouse Smart Hoppers. (Single Phase Challenge Sponsored by MRC Harwell Institute).

Programme | Registration


A draft agenda can be found here.

The meeting will consist of introductory talks on CRACK IT and open innovation in the current economic landscape.

There will also be Challenge surgeries where Sponsors will introduce their specific Challenge and answer questions from registrants and potential applicants. 

This year, we are introducing Lightning Talks. These talks focus on one key point. This can be an idea, successful project, collaboration invitation or demonstration. This is an opportunity for ideas to get the attention of the Sponsors and other attendees to the event.

Lightning talk proposals must include: title, author name and short biography, five keywords, and a short description of the planned talk.

Deadline – 12:00pm BST, 16 August 2018

There will also be a networking session where delegates will have the opportunity to meet potential new collaborators and partners to solve the Challenges.

The launch event is free to attend but registration is essential.


To register, please download and complete the registration form and return to crackitenquiries@nc3rs.org.uk.  Please use your institutional email address when registering. The deadline for registration is 31 August 2018. 

Further details on the event and location will be sent to you following registration form completion.