Ian Pearson, Minister of State for Science and Innovation has announced that funding for the NC3Rs is set to more than double over the next three years.
The Centre currently receives just over £2 million per year from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) via the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). However, this will increase to just over £5 million in 2010/11.
Mr Pearson said: "Animal research plays a vital part in medical research and has helped save millions of human lives. Nonetheless, we should always look for alternatives and Government is committed to the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research. It is an area where we are leading the world."
We have a proud history of animal welfare and protection in this country and the work of the NC3Rs builds on that tradition. This rise in funding ensures the Centre can increase not only the research they fund but also their impact."
Dr Vicky Robinson, chief executive of the NC3Rs, said: "We're delighted to be receiving this additional funding between now and 2011. As a young and growing organisation, getting strong support from Government helps to emphasise how important our efforts to replace, refine and reduce the use of animals in research and testing are for UK science."
The extra money will allow the NC3Rs to further broaden its reach in the scientific community and fund more high-quality research to minimise the use of animals and improve their welfare where they are still needed."
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The full press release can be found at: http://www.dius.gov.uk/news_and_speeches/press_releases/animals