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NC3Rs: National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research

Public engagement awards

What is an NC3Rs public engagement award?

We are offering awards of up to £1,500 to support NC3Rs-funded researchers past and present to engage the public with the approaches being taken to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science. The funding is available as an open rolling call, where the applications are reviewed quarterly by the NC3Rs Office. 

In 2012, around 50% of the public wanted to find out more about work to find alternatives to animals (Ipsos MORI, 2012). The scheme aims to encourage and support NC3Rs-funded researchers to share the benefits of 3Rs research to science and society. We aim to promote a series of thought-provoking events and activities across the UK for a range of different audiences.

The awards will fund the development of almost any type of event or activity aimed at the public, and applicants are encouraged to be creative in how they intend to engage their target audience. Ideas can include:

  • Online engagement activities, including videos
  • Laboratory open days
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Informal discussions with public groups
  • School visits
  • Exhibition or talk as part of a local science event (e.g. university open day, science festival)
  • Partnership event with a local community group or scientific society

Key dates

Key date Details
First week of January, April, July, October Assessment committee meetings
One month post assessment Outcome notification
Six months post award Award completion deadline

No longer than one month following completion

of the engagement activity

Informal report on achievements

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Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be a current or previous recipient (principal investigator/co-investigator or current research group member) of an NC3Rs grant, fellowship or studentship
  • Applicants must be based in a non-profit, academic institution
  • Events funded by the NC3Rs public engagement awards must take place within six months of receiving the award

How to apply

The application form can be downloaded below and submitted by email. Applicants must read the application guidance document before completing their application.

Final applications should be submitted by email to

Assessment procedure

Applications will be assessed by the NC3Rs Office staff. Final decisions will be made by the NC3Rs Chief Executive. Further information can be found in the guidance document.