3Rs prize awarded to paper investigating the welfare of laboratory rats
Research evidencing the importance of natural rat behaviours to animal welfare wins our international competition.
Announcing the NC3Rs year of laboratory rodent welfare
In 2017 we will run a number of initiatives focusing on the welfare of laboratory rodents.
Launch of our new hub: Increasing human tissue use
A new resource to support scientists in accessing human tissue for research.
Research shows mouse handling methods substantially impact study results
NC3Rs-funded research evidences how non-aversive tunnel handling can improve mouse performance in behavioural tests.
Choosing contractors for animal research
Advice on animal welfare standards for researchers applying for grants.
Our strategy for improving the welfare of research animals
Our strategy is published in a special issue of Lab Animal focusing on reproducibility.
Survey on the use of zebrafish in research highlights opportunities for refinement
We co-conducted an international survey to help laboratories to benchmark their husbandry practices and improve fish welfare.
The 2016 3Rs Prize award ceremony
Download posters from the event highlighting work from the NC3Rs and our grant holders.
The 3Rs in toxicology and regulatory sciences
Visit our hub for dedicated resources plus an overview of our collaborations in this area.
New CRACK IT Solution funding: using moth larvae to advance the 3Rs
Scientists at BioSystems Technology receive partnership funding to explore use of moth larvae for antimicrobial drug screening.
The 3Rs potential of human tissue in research
Read about our highlight notice, which runs across all of our funding schemes.
Animal Technicians' Symposium presentations
Watch the presentations from the 2016 joint NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium.

The NC3Rs

If you are a scientist, animal technician, veterinarian, regulator, funder or policy maker, the NC3Rs can help you to:

  • Drive scientific and technological developments that replace, reduce or refine the use of animals in research (the 3Rs)
  • Ensure your animal experiments are as robust and reproducible as possible
  • Provide the best welfare for laboratory animals


Science-led and evidence-based, we fund research and early careers, foster collaborations between universities and industry to develop and commercialise 3Rs technologies, and provide information on the latest advances to put the 3Rs into practice.

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Open calls

Submission date:
We are now inviting the submission of informal outlines to the 2017 call.

Submission date:
An updated outline form is now available for submissions to the 2017 call for applications.