NC3Rs e-newsletter - January 2019

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Join the NC3Rs team in 2019


Looking for a new role to start the new year? We are seeking scientists with a demonstrable commitment to the 3Rs and the ability to network with a range of stakeholders to apply for three Regional Programme Manager vacancies. The role involves working across a consortium of research organisations at a project, laboratory and organisation-wide level as an advocate for the 3Rs. Two of the posts will be based in London, while the other will cover the North West of England and Yorkshire.


The closing date to apply for these roles is 1 February.




Sponsor a 2019 CRACK IT Challenge


We are seeking organisations to act as Sponsors for the 2019 CRACK IT Challenges competition. As a Sponsor, you will identify a scientific Challenge that has the potential to deliver commercial and 3Rs benefits if solved, as well as provide funding or in-kind contributions to support its solution. In return, you will receive early access to the innovative 3Rs technologies that emerge from your Challenge.


Submit your organisation’s Challenge by 1 March.




£1 million awarded for in silico assessment of developmental and reproductive toxicity


A consortium led by Professor Raymond Pieters from the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht has been awarded £1 million by the NC3Rs to deliver Phase 2 of the DARTpaths CRACK IT Challenge. Sponsored by Shell and Syngenta, this Challenge involves developing an in silico platform for developmental and reproductive toxicity (DART) testing, to replace the large numbers of animals currently used and improve predictions of human-relevant effects.




NC3Rs/Unilever PhD Studentship Launch Event


2 April 2019 (Central London)


This event will launch our new collaboration with Unilever, who will be co-funding up to three of our 2019 PhD Studentship awards for projects within non-animal safety assessment. These awards will be worth £30k per annum over three years. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend and find out more about the scheme, network with fellow researchers and discuss ideas with staff from both Unilever and the NC3Rs.


Attendance is free, but registration is essential. The closing date for registration is 27 March.




The NC3Rs at the 2019 IAT Congress


9-12 April 2019 (North West England)


The Institute of Animal Technology (IAT) Congress is an annual event introducing animal technologists to the latest developments in all aspects of animal-based research and technology. At this year’s event, we will be leading an interactive workshop on the important role animal technologists can play in improving experimental design, with a focus on randomisation and blinding. We will also have a stand in the congress exhibition hall.


The closing date to register for this year’s Congress is 22 March.




Infographic: marking our 1,000th peer review


We work closely with research funders to ensure the 3Rs are implemented in the research they fund. One of the ways we do this is through reviewing research proposals for these funders. In December, we reached the milestone of 1,000 completed reviews. To mark this achievement, we produced this infographic, which gives an overview of the service and how it works.