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NC3Rs offers up to £1,500 to support NC3Rs-funded researchers to engage the public with the approaches being taken to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science.

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) invites applications for its public engagement awards. These support NC3Rs-funded researchers to engage the public with the approaches being taken to replace, reduce and refine animal use in science. The aim is to share the benefits of the centre’s research to science and society, and promote thought-provoking events across the UK for a range of different audiences.

The awards will fund the development of almost any type of event or activity aimed at the public and creative approaches are encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in how they intend to engage their target audience.

Public engagement ideas may include:

  • online engagement activities, including videos;
  • laboratory open days;
  • hands-on workshops;
  • informal discussions with public groups;
  • school visits;
  • exhibition or talk as part of a local science event; 
  • partnership event with a local community group or scientific society.

Applicants must be a current or previous recipient of an NC3Rs grant, fellowship or studentship. They must be based in a non-profit, academic institution. The events must take place within six months of receiving the award.

  • Awards are worth up to £1,500 each.
  • Assessment criteria includes:
  • Clear objectives and potential to make an impact on target audience.
  • Clear communication of the benefits of NC3Rs research.
  • Relevance to current research.
  • Relevance to the target audience - with exploration of the subject matter, rather than information provision.
  • Defined audience, with appropriate tailoring of activities to suit, including accessibility consideration.
  • That sensitivities to animal research has been considered.
  • Value for money.

Priority will be given to applications that:

  • Encourage public groups, particularly adults, to enter into dialogue with researchers.
  • Link the 3Rs to external events in the wider community e.g. local festivals.
  • Develop reusable resources.
  • Provide opportunities for early-career researchers to develop their science communication skills.

There is no deadlineapplications are accepted on a rolling basis, and are reviewed quarterly in the first week of January, April, July and October.

Click here for full details and to apply