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CRACK IT 2022: Call for Challenges

13 December 2021

Do you have a great idea to drive innovation in research and development and have a real-world impact on the 3Rs? 

The NC3Rs is now inviting submissions from organisations that would like to sponsor new CRACK IT Challenges for the 2022 competition.  

CRACK IT funds collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to solve scientific challenges that deliver 3Rs and commercial benefits, either by improving business processes or developing a new technology or approach. Since 2011, CRACK IT has invested over £25 million and connected more than 250 organisations from industry and academia in projects that have developed products that solve an unmet need in bioscience using 3Rs approaches. 2021 marked 10 years of CRACK IT, reaching a total of 41 Challenges launched and 16 products delivered. A number of these products were recently showcased in our 10 years of CRACK IT webinar series.  

As the Sponsor of a Challenge, you will define the Challenge and collaborate with the Challenge winners through the provision of in-kind contributions. In return, your organisation will be able to provide end- user input into the development of the approach and receive early access to new 3Rs technologies that will deliver scientific benefits. Further information on the role of a Sponsor, including Challenge criteria and the process if your proposal is selected, can be found on our guidance page.  

If you have an idea for a new CRACK IT Challenge for 2022, please read our guidance for further information on how to submit your idea or contact the CRACK IT team at The deadline for new Challenge submissions is Monday 28 February 2022.