What are the 3Rs and why are they important?
Our new video presentation has been designed for use in training and education.
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How to pick up a mouse
Explore our dedicated mouse handling hub, featuring a range of resources to help you implement refined handling methods.
Submit an outline to the 2019 Project grant call
£2M available to develop 3Rs tools and technologies.
Apply for funding through our 2019 highlight notice
Supporting partnerships between rodent and non-mammalian model organism users.
Experimental design
Resources to help you improve the design and reporting of your research using animals.
Tickling rats: an enrichment to improve rodent welfare
Exploring a novel technique for refining experiments through social enrichment.
Re-use of needles: is this an indicator of a culture of care?
This guest blog post explores the issue of re-using needles in day-to-day practice.
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The NC3Rs: Pioneering better science


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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Latest news & blogs

2018 in review: the top NC3Rs news of the year

From the important role of statistics in implementing the 3Rs to celebrating female researchers, we look back at our most popular news stories and blog posts from the past year.

Seventeen new PhD studentships announced

This year we have funded more PhD studentships than ever before, supporting the 3Rs researchers of the future to establish their careers.

Announcing a new collaboration with Medicines Discovery Catapult

The ‘Technologies to Tools’ funding scheme will accelerate the translation of 3Rs technologies into industry-ready products and services.

Discussing the future of amphibians in research

Read the report from the NC3Rs/ZSL workshop on addressing the animal welfare challenges facing amphibian research.

NC3Rs-funded technology wins international award

Professor Esther Rodriguez-Villegas from Imperial College London is recognised for TaiNi, a device for refined recording of neural activity in mice.