The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is the UK's national organisation responsible for advancing humane animal research.
The NC3Rs Project Grants initiative is its main funding scheme for hypothesis-driven and applied research to support the development and application of new 3Rs approaches and technologies. Applications from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research are within remit; those that integrate a range of disciplines or include an industrial partner are particularly encouraged.
Applications are invited from prospective Principal Investigators in the UK. Lead applicants are normally expected to hold a PhD - applications involving less experienced researchers should be made in collaboration with a more senior colleague. Applicants may be employed at any UK research establishment, including higher education institutions, Independent Research Organisations (IROs) and Research Council (RC) Institutes.
The size of the award provided will depend on the scientific area and nature of the proposal, but is usually in the range of £250,000 to £500,000. Awards may last for up to 36 months.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact NC3Rs to determine whether their proposed research fits the 3Rs remit.
Applicants are required to submit a formal outline of their research proposal by 7 January 2021 (16:00).
Those who are successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal (April deadline). Funding decisions are expected to be announced in July 2021.
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