News & blogs


£700k awarded in the 2017 CRACK IT Challenge competition

Seven teams have been awarded funding to develop marketable products or improve business processes that will have a significant 3Rs impact.

Fellowships awarded to support early career researchers

We have awarded four new NC3Rs Fellowships to support 3Rs research in a range of disease areas.


Meet the 'locals'! The NC3Rs Regional Programme Managers share their experience

Regional Programme Managers Kamar Ameen-Ali and Emma Stringer share their experience of working with universities to promote the 3Rs.

Tail handling reduces the value of reward in laboratory mice

Researchers at Newcastle University have found  picking up laboratory mice by the tail makes them less responsive to reward, indicating a more depressive-like state compared to mice handled using a tunnel.

Modelling bone formation and maturation in vitro

New model developed by researchers at the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford with NC3Rs funding.

New NC3Rs Board members appointed

We are pleased to announce that Professor Paul Garside, Dr David Lovell and Professor Jon Timmis have joined the NC3Rs Board.

Our top ten news stories and blog posts of 2017

Look back at the NC3Rs' work in 2017 with our top ten news stories and blog posts.

Tickling rats: a social enrichment to improve rodent welfare

To round off our Year of Laboratory Rodent Welfare, we're taking a look at rat tickling and how it can improve welfare.

Using microsampling to further refine a mouse model of thrombosis

Building on his previous NC3Rs-funded work, Dr Mike Emerson has developed a simpler, refined mouse model for studying thrombosis. 

Championing the 3Rs in India

Mark Prescott and Nathalie Percie du Sert reflect on their involvement in the recent 8th International Conference of the Laboratory Animal Scientists' Association (LASA) India.

Applying the 3Rs in non-human primate research: barriers, solutions and opportunities

Two recently published papers co-authored by NC3Rs staff members have explored the application of the 3Rs to research and safety testing involving non-human primates.