Skills and knowledge transfer grants support the wider adoption and use of models, tools and technologies with proven 3Rs impacts through the transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise. Applications from any area of medical, biological or veterinary research are within remit; those that integrate a range of disciplines are particularly encouraged.
Awards are for up to 24 months with the amount requested dependent on the science and limited to a maximum of £75k (80% FEC).
The model/tool/technology, upon which the application is based, must be at a development stage appropriate for adoption by another laboratory. Some validation work to establish that the 3Rs approach is robust and reproducible in the end-user(s) lab is permitted.
All applications to this scheme must include both the ‘developer’ and ‘end-user(s)’ of the model/tool/technology. Either party may be identified as the primary investigator, and the other(s) must be co-investigator(s) or project partner(s).
This competition is run annually. Key information on the application process is given below. Applicants are advised to read the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook which contains more detailed information about the application process.
|27 November 2020, 4pm||Deadline for informal outline submission to Office|
|16 December 2020||Application form live on Je-S|
|11 February 2021, 4pm||Deadline for full applications via Je-S|
|April 2021||Panel meeting convenes|
|End of April 2021||Applicants informed of outcome|
|1 June 2021||Expected project start date|
|31 July 2021||Latest date for commencing projects|
|September 2021||Grant holder introductory meeting|
Any UK research establishment including:
Applicants should be UK-based researchers who can demonstrate that they:
*The definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) used by the NC3Rs is set out in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003.
Overseas researchers cannot be Primary Investigators but can be included as collaborators. Overseas co-applicant status can be obtained in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the NC3Rs; approval must be sought before applying.
Any UK registered business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see section 4.2 (i) in the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook.
The NC3Rs does not allow resubmission of previously unsuccessful proposals, unless explicitly invited by the Panel. Proposals previously declined by the NC3Rs will not be considered by another Research Council or funder within 12 months (from the date of submission to the original Research Council) unless substantially revised. More information can be found in the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook.
Please note: The same or similar application cannot be considered by any other Research Council, the Health Departments or any other research funder at the same time.
Applicants are advised to read and refer to the NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook which contains more detailed information on submitting both an outline and full application.
Outlines and full applications received after 4pm on the deadline date will not be considered, without exception.
Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the Office for further information.
Submitting a full application
We use the Research Councils' joint electronic submission system (Je-S) and applications are processed by the RCUK Shared Business Services. Invited, full proposals must be submitted via Je-S.
If you experience difficulties using Je-S or have questions regarding its use, contact the Je-S helpdesk.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +44 (0) 1793 44 4164
Applications are assessed by the NC3Rs Skills and Knowledge Transfer Assessment Panel. The following criteria are taken into consideration when making the funding decisions:
- Potential impact on the 3Rs at both a local and international level
- Quality of the science for which the model/tool/technology is being used
- Quality of skills transfer plan
- Expertise and track record of the team
- Risk management strategy
- Value for money
- Strategic relevance to the highlight notice (where appropriate)
In order to maintain transparency and integrity of the peer review process the NC3Rs has adopted the MRC policy on peer review. Please note the Panel assessment guidance and scoring criteria below.
- NC3Rs Applicant and Grant Holder Handbook
- MRC Guidance for Applicants and Award Holders
- Skills and Knowledge Transfer Grant outline form
- Call specific- NC3Rs SKT additional guidance
- Skills and knowledge transfer grant application - common errors