NC3Rs e-newsletter - February 2018


Register to attend our 3Rs Prize event on Monday 12 March 2018.


The event is free to attend and will feature presentations from past winners as well as the announcement of the 2017 3Rs Prize winner.


Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and the closing date for registration is 23 February 2018.




Join our team


Are you a scientist with a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs in animal research and a passion for driving scientific excellence? We are currently recruiting for the following roles within the NC3Rs:

  • Regional Programme Manager - Oxford (closing date: 27 February 2018)

  • Regional Programme Manager - Cardiff & South West of England (closing date: 27 February 2018)

  • Programme Manager - Challenge-led Innovation, Maternity Cover (closing date: 2 March 2018)

  • Science Manager - Experimental design, analysis and reporting (closing date: 2 March 2018)


Fellowships awarded to support 3Rs research


Awards totalling more than £730k have been made to four early career researchers from King’s College London and the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Liverpool.




2018 highlight notice: systematic reviews for 3Rs purposes


This year we are encouraging applications which include a systematic review across all our funding schemes. Highlight notices do not have a separate budget, but strategic relevance to the highlight is one of the criteria taken into consideration during the assessment process.




CRACK IT 2018: Call for Challenges


Do you have a scientific challenge that, if solved, could lead to 3Rs impacts and commercial benefits? Would you be willing to provide in-kind contributions (e.g. data or compounds) to help solve the challenge? If so, have you considered being a Sponsor for a CRACK IT Challenge?


We are now inviting submissions from Sponsors for new CRACK IT Challenges for the 2018 competition. The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2018.




NC3Rs Cardiovascular Showcase


23 March 2018 (Central London)


If you work with animals in cardiovascular research (in academia or industry) and are interested in developing 3Rs approaches, then our one day Cardiovascular Showcase event could help you. Attend to hear about the latest 3Rs innovations and funding opportunities from the BHF/NC3Rs partnership.


Attendance is free, but registration is essential – the closing date is 8 March 2018.




NC3Rs workshops at the Institute of Animal Technology Congress 2018


20-23 March 2018 (Northern England)


Identifying, evaluating and validating opportunities to improve laboratory animal care through refinements is the theme of the two workshops we will be hosting at this year’s IAT Congress. The workshops will provide delegates with the tools and knowledge to successfully introduce such refinements at their own facilities.


The closing date to register for the conference is 2 March 2018.




Meet the 'locals'! The NC3Rs Regional Programme Managers share their experience


In our latest staff blog post, our regional programme managers Kamar and Emma share their experiences of what it’s like to be an NC3Rs staff member 'on the ground', collaborating with universities to implement the 3Rs.




‘Human samples in UK biomedical research’ survey


The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre is inviting UK-based biomedical researchers to complete a short survey on human sample use in research. The results of the survey will inform the development of the Centre, a national initiative which seeks to improve human sample access in the UK.


The closing date for survey submissions is 18 March 2018.