Skills and Knowledge Transfer grants

What is a skills and knowledge transfer grant?

Skills and knowledge transfer grants support the wider adoption and use of models, tools and technologies with proven 3Rs impacts through the transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise. Applications from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research are within remit; those that integrate a range of disciplines are particularly encouraged. 

Awards are for up to 24 months with the amount requested dependent on the science and limited to a maximum of £75k (80% FEC). 

Scheme remit

The model/tool/technology, upon which the application is based, must be at a development stage appropriate for adoption by another laboratory. Some validation work to establish that the 3Rs approach is robust and reproducible in the end-user(s) lab is permitted.

All applications to this scheme must include both the ‘developer’ and ‘end-user(s)’ of the model/tool/technology. Either party may be identified as the primary investigator, and the other(s) must be co-investigator(s) or project partner(s). 

This competition is run annually. Key information on the application process is given below. Applicants are advised to read the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook which contains more detailed information about the application process.

Key dates | Who can apply | How to apply | Assessment procedure | Related documents


Key dates

27 November 2020, 4pm Deadline for informal outline submission to Office
16 December 2020 Application form live on Je-S
11 February 2021, 4pm Deadline for full applications via Je-S
April 2021 Panel meeting convenes
End of April 2021 Applicants informed of outcome
1 June 2021 Expected project start date
31 July 2021 Latest date for commencing projects
September 2021 Grant holder introductory meeting

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Who can apply?

Establishment eligibility

Any UK research establishment including:

  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Independent Research Organisations (IROs)
  • Research Council (RC) Institutes
  • Small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs)*

Individual eligibility

Applicants should be UK-based researchers who can demonstrate that they:

  • Will direct the proposed research
  • Will be actively engaged in accomplishing the project’s aims
  • Hold a graduate degree – the minimum formal qualification required. However, it would normally be expected that an applicant has been awarded a PhD. Applications involving less experienced researchers should be made in collaboration with a more senior colleague 

*The definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) used by the NC3Rs is set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.

Overseas researchers

Overseas researchers cannot be Primary Investigators but can be included as collaborators. Overseas co-applicant status can be obtained in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the NC3Rs; approval must be sought before applying.

State aid

Any UK registered business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see section 4.2 (i) in the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook.

Resubmissions

The NC3Rs does not allow resubmission of previously unsuccessful proposals, unless explicitly invited by the Panel. Proposals previously declined by the NC3Rs will not be considered by another Research Council or funder within 12 months (from the date of submission to the original Research Council) unless substantially revised. More information can be found in the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook.

Please note: The same or similar application cannot be considered by any other Research Council, the Health Departments or any other research funder at the same time.

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How to apply

Applicants are advised to read and refer to the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook which contains more detailed information on submitting both an outline and full application.

Outlines and full applications received after 4pm on the deadline date will not be considered, without exception.

Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the Office for further information.

Outline stage

Before submitting a full application applicants are required to complete an outline of the research proposal (see Related Documents below). Please email completed outlines to 3rsgrants@nc3rs.org.uk 

Submitting a full application

We use the Research Councils' joint electronic submission system (Je-S) and applications are processed by the RCUK Shared Business Services. Invited, full proposals must be submitted via Je-S.

If you experience difficulties using Je-S or have questions regarding its use, contact the Je-S helpdesk.

Email: jeshelp@je-s.ukri.org      Phone: +44 (0) 1793 44 4164

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Assessment procedure

Applications are assessed by the NC3Rs Skills and Knowledge Transfer Assessment Panel. The following criteria are taken into consideration when making the funding decisions:

  • Potential impact on the 3Rs at both a local and international level
  • Quality of the science for which the model/tool/technology is being used
  • Quality of skills transfer plan
  • Expertise and track record of the team
  • Risk management strategy
  • Value for money
  • Strategic relevance to the highlight notice (where appropriate)

In order to maintain transparency and integrity of the peer review process the NC3Rs has adopted the MRC policy on peer review. Please note the Panel assessment guidance and scoring criteria below.

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Related documents

Application process

Assessment criteria

 

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