Please note that the NC3Rs office will be closed from Friday 18 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a restful festive period and a happy 2021. Let’s hope it’s less eventful than 2020!
Over £1m committed to training new 3Rs-minded PhD students
We have awarded 13 new PhD studentships totalling £1.17m, which will support students’ professional growth and embed 3Rs skills throughout their training across a range of disciplines. Interested prospective students should contact principal investigators directly – for full details, visit our studentship vacancies page.
We are recruiting a Programme Manager to join our Research Funding team and work with researchers at all career stages to stimulate change and inspire innovation in the 3Rs. As well as managing our annual Project grant and Skills and Knowledge Transfer schemes, this role involves identifying opportunities to maximise the 3Rs impact of our research grants.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 20 January.
3Rs citizen science project wins at the 7th Annual Openness Awards
The Rodent Little Brother: Secret Lives of Mice citizen science project, developed by the Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell and the NC3Rs, has been recognised in Understanding Animal Research’s 7th Annual Openness Awards. The project was based on an NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenge and is the first citizen science project to address the 3Rs and animal research.
Outstanding Technician of the Year awarded to John Waters
John Waters, Chief Animal Technician at the University of Liverpool, has won the Outstanding Technician of the Year award at the THE Awards for his contributions to the development and wider dissemination of non-aversive mouse handling methods. John is a tireless champion for laboratory animal welfare and has shown enormous commitment and leadership in improving the lives of laboratory rodents, and the people that look after them.
Help us understand how microsampling is used in research and safety studies
We have launched a survey to gather information on the current use of microsampling. If you use a microsampling technique within any research or safety study for new drugs and (agro)chemicals, we are interested to learn the 3Rs impacts you have achieved. If you do not use microsampling, please let us know your concerns and any barriers you have experienced to help guide our future strategy.
The closing date to complete the survey is Friday 22 January. It should take no more than 15 minutes.
A new issue of our Tox News newsletter, sharing updates from our toxicology and regulatory sciences programme, is now out. Features include the tox team’s latest publications, recordings of presentations at virtual conferences, and opportunities to contribute data to 3Rs-relevant projects.
Our 2021 Project grant scheme is now open for formal outlines via Je-S. The scheme funds the development of new approaches in medical, biological or veterinary research that provide 3Rs benefits and are more predictive, cost-effective and humane than current gold standards.
The closing date for outlines is 4pm (GMT) on Thursday 7 January. If you’re interested in applying, we strongly recommend that you get in touch via 3Rsgrants@nc3rs.org.uk to discuss your potential project before Friday 18 December. Any queries sent after this date may receive a delayed response.
Last chance to apply for this year’s Andrew Blake Tribute Award
Have you made a significant contribution to improving laboratory animal welfare this year? The Institute of Animal Technology’s Andrew Blake Tribute Award, sponsored by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, is currently accepting applications. All animal technicians and technologists primarily working in the UK are welcome to submit work in the form of a poster, essay, project or scientific paper.
The prize includes free attendance at Congress 2021, an engraved glass plaque and a £250 cash award. The closing date to apply is Thursday 31 December.