The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) plus sponsors will invest in collaborative projects by organisations that address some of the challenges posed by animal experiments.
This is designed to:
- fund collaborations between industry, academics and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- minimise the use of animals in research
- support the development of marketable products or improve business processes
What you need to know
The centre is launching 3 challenges as part of its CRACK IT programme.
The 2017 2-phase challenges are:
Challenge 26 - DARTpaths
This challenge aims to develop an effective data strategy and data management structure to map the developmental and reproductive toxicity (DART) genes of different species. You should compare the effects of toxic compounds across species.
It is in 2 phases. There is up to £100,000 each for 3 projects in phase 1. Phase 2 has funding of up to £1 million. Shell and Syngenta are the sponsors.
Challenge 27 - Dosing for controlled exposure (DoCE)
This challenge aims to improve dosing methods and strategies for in vitro dose-responses and to encourage their uptake, application and use in risk-based decision making. This could offer the potential to eventually replace the need for in vivo animal studies.
It is in 2 phases. There is up to £100,000 each for 3 projects in phase 1. Phase 2 has funding of up to £1 million. Unilever and Shell are the sponsors.
The single-phase challenge is:
Challenge 28 - RespiraTox
In this challenge the aim is to develop a model that reliably predicts human respiratory irritation to chemicals. It should use in silico-based tools.
This is a single-phase competition. Up to £100,000 is available. The competition is sponsored by Shell.
NC3Rs is an independent scientific organisation that supports the UK science base to find alternative applications to the use of animals in research and improve welfare.
The challenges are run using the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), which is supported by Innovate UK.
- the competition opens on 11 September 2017
- there are different deadlines depending on the competition you are applying into. These are:
- 8 November 2017 at midday for the 2-phase DARTpaths and DoCE challenges
- 15 November 2017 at midday for the single-phase RespiraTox challenge
- there will be a launch event on 7 September 2017 to find out more. You will need to register for the event