NC3Rs e-newsletter - December 2018

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Seventeen new PhD studentships announced


We are pleased to announce 17 new PhD studentships for 2019, the highest number we have funded in one year. The new awards, totalling £1.53 million, include three made jointly with the British Heart Foundation to projects focused on achieving 3Rs impacts within the field of cardiovascular research. Prospective students can apply by contacting the relevant project supervisor.




Announcing a new collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult


We are working with the Medicines Discovery Catapult to help NC3Rs-funded researchers translate scientific findings into industry-ready products and services, helping to maximise their 3Rs impacts. Through this collaboration, researchers will be able to access the Catapult’s industrial expertise, facilities and equipment. Funding will also be available through our new Technologies to Tools scheme.




Could your organisation sponsor a 2019 CRACK IT Challenge?


CRACK IT funds collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to solve scientific challenges that deliver 3Rs and commercial impacts. We are currently seeking Sponsors for the 2019 CRACK IT Challenges competition. As the Sponsor of a Challenge, in return for your funding or in-kind contributions, you will gain early access to innovative 3Rs technologies that could benefit your organisation.


The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2019.




Submit an outline to our 2019 Project grant call


£2M is available to fund the development of new 3Rs approaches and technologies through our 2019 Project grant scheme. We invite applications from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research. Applications that integrate a range of disciplines, include an industrial partner or fall within the remit of our 2019 funding highlight notice (see below) are particularly encouraged.


Project outlines must be submitted via Je-S by 4pm on 10 January 2019.




Learn more about our 2019 funding highlight notice


We issue regular highlight notices across all our funding schemes to encourage research into high priority 3Rs areas. Our 2019 highlight notice focuses on the development of innovative uses of non-mammalian model organisms to maximise their 3Rs potential. Applications under the highlight notice must include a mammalian model user (e.g. a large animal or rodent model user) and researchers using non-mammalian model organisms. Either can be the lead applicant.




LASA Technical Forum: Surgical Techniques and Innovations


27-28 February 2019 (Harwell, UK)


This two-day meeting, organised by the LASA Animal Science (Transgenic) Section, will give those working in the transgenic field the chance to network and learn from each other’s experience and expertise. It will feature short technical presentations, followed by sessions dedicated to open discussions. Topics will include aseptic technique, surgical refinements and non-surgical approaches.




2018 in review: the top NC3Rs news of the year


We are rounding off a great year for the NC3Rs by looking back at our ten most popular news stories and blog posts of 2018. We have featured 38 posts this year spanning a variety of 3Rs topics, from the important role statistics can play in implementing the 3Rs to our celebration of female researchers for International Women’s Day 2018.




Apply now for the 2019 Janet Wood Innovation Award


Do you have a great idea for a product that could improve the welfare of laboratory animals? Datesand are inviting animal technicians and industry professionals to enter this year’s Janet Wood Innovation Award for the chance to have their product manufactured and marketed internationally. The winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to a trade conference of their choice, plus up to £4,000 to cover publication fees.


The closing date for entries is 1 February 2019.