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Welcome to the new NC3Rs site

25 January 2022
Screenshot of NC3Rs homepage - Launch January 2022

Our website has undergone a major refresh, helping you to easily find the most relevant information for you and your role.

We have taken the opportunity of our websites needing a systems upgrade to really think about how we present the information contained on our website to our audiences.

The result is what we hope is a site that works for you, and one which helps you to easily find the most relevant 3Rs information for your role or your project.

Streamlined menus

You will now find the main body of our site within the four menu items in the primary navigation bar:

  • Who we are tells you all about our organisation, structure, mission and the team that works at the NC3Rs.
  • Our portfolio contains information on every grant we have funded over the past 18 years, from project grants to early career awards, innovation (CRACK IT) and those intended to help disseminate new 3Rs methods. We also have details of the office-led projects that our staff lead.
  • Our funding schemes lists all of the information on what funding we have available and how to apply for our schemes. If you are an existing NC3Rs grant holder you'll find information on managing your grant here too.
  • 3Rs resource library contains all of our tools and guidance to help you implement the 3Rs in practice covering topics from experimental design and reporting to in vivo techniques and toxicology. 

More general information such as news, events, policies and our 3Rs for the public pages can be found in the header and footer areas, along with a site-wide search option.

Who are you?

Whether you are a researcher needing advice on sample size calculations, a member of the public keen to know more about the 3Rs, or an animal technician looking to read about housing and husbandry for a particular species, there are some new ways to explore and interrogate our information that should make it easier and quicker to find what you are looking for.

Information on our projects

Details of all of our projects, including research and innovation funding, early career awards and projects led by our staff can be found in the Our Portfolio area of our site.

By heading to the listings page you'll see all 522 (!) of them. 

You will then be able to filter by activity type (i.e grant, training, innovation, office-led project), R (i.e replacement, reduction or refinement), scientific topic, or model (i.e in vivo, ex vivo, in vitro or in silico). Or by typing in a specific key word if you know what you are looking for.

How this works in practice

If you are looking for all of our 3Rs-related projects on cancer, select the oncology filter within the topic drop down menu, or you may with to use the additional filters available to further focus your search to the most relevant information for you. If you work with Drosophila melanogaster, for example, you can now select the Drosophila term from the model category and see all of the projects we have funded that involve this species.

3Rs resources

With a growing repository of 3Rs information, both in terms of the volume and the breadth of topics that they cover, we have also applied the categorisation option to some of the larger areas of our site to help you filter and interrogate the information.

On the resource library listings page, you can filter our resources by your role (researcher, technician or regulator) the type of resource you are looking for (from guidelines to webinars), topic (from alternatives to welfare assessment), or model (in vivo, ex vivo, in vitro or in silico).

How this works in practice

A technician looking for all of our resources on the species they work with, for example, rabbits, can now select 'Rabbit' from the model filter. If they would like to just see resources aimed at a technician audience only they can also select 'Technician / Vet' as the audience type and combine the two filters.

A research organisation looking for information on assessing the 3Rs culture at their institution can select their audience type and combine with 'Research culture and ethical review' from the topic category.

And a researcher looking for help with their experimental design can combine the 'Researcher' audience filter with the 'Experimental design and reporting' term.

Let us know what you think!

We would love to hear your thoughts on the new website. Please email webmaster@nc3rs.org.uk with any feedback.