International 3Rs prize

£30k award for international 3Rs prize

Each year the NC3Rs awards a prize, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, to highlight an outstanding original contribution to scientific and technological advances in the 3Rs, published in the last three years. The award consists of a £28k prize grant and £2k personal award. Highly-commended entries receive a £4k grant and a £1k personal award.

This year's competition is now closed.

For further information on the 3Rs prize, please contact 

Eligibility | Application process | Assessment procedure | 3Rs Prize selection panel


The 3Rs prize is for a piece of primary research published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last three years and is open to any researcher, in academia or industry. The prize is awarded to the principal investigator, research team leader, or other nominated author. The competition is open to international groups. 

Applications are assessed by a dedicated Panel, which also selects the winner. Selection is based on the quality of the published research and its impact on the 3Rs.

Establishment eligibility

Applications are welcomed from any research establishment, from academia or industry. Establishments outside of the UK are also eligible to apply.


Journal papers that contain primary research that advances or has the potential to advance the 3Rs are eligible. The work must have been published in a peer reviewed journal between 1 September 2014 and 1 September 2017. Papers that are in press by 1 September 2017 will also be considered.

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Application process

A 3Rs prize nomination form should be completed with the research paper attached and emailed to Nominations are welcome from anyone who is familiar with the research paper - e.g. lead or other author, head of department, journal editor or colleagues. The candidate nominated for the prize should normally be the lead author of the paper. In cases where the 3Rs aspects of the work were carried out by another author, the lead author can delegate the nomination. Entries are limited to one per individual or research group. 

The deadline for the 2017 competition was 4pm (GMT) on Monday 4 December 2017.

Guidance on completing the nomination form is available.

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Assessment procedure

Entries are assessed by the 3Rs prize Selection Panel based on:

  • Whether it has advanced an area of research
  • Impact on the 3Rs
  • How well the 3Rs implications have been disseminated
  • Whether the proposal for using the prize grant supports further development of the 3Rs.

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3Rs Prize Selection Panel

Member name Institution Term Ends 

Professor Stephen Holgate CBE (Chair)

University of Southampton


Professor Chris Denning

University of Nottingham

Dr Melanie Graham

University of Minnesota


Professor Georgia Mason

University of Guelph 2021

Dr Declan Mulkeen

Medical Research Council

Mr Mike Turner Wellcome Trust


Dr Melanie Welham

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Professor Maurice Whelan European Commission Joint Research Centre/ EURL ECVAM 2019

Declarations of interest

Panel members are required to declare any private, professional or commercial interests that might, or that might be perceived to, conflict with the NC3Rs interests.

Declaration of Interests policy (PDF, 48KB)

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