Apply now for the International 3R Prize by NC3Rs

Posted on: 21/07/2024

What is the International 3R prize?

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals (NC3Rs) in the UK awards every year the International 3R Prize to a researcher who has published a paper describing outstanding and original research with a major impact on Replacement, Reduction or Refinement of the use of laboratory animals. The award includes a £28k prize grant and a £2k personal award. GlaxoSmithKline has contributed £20k toward the prize grant.

Examples of previous research awarded include:

  • Update a 3Rs in silico modelling software to increase usability and extend its use within industry,
  • Optimise a 3Rs method to test novel vaccine candidates to provide data for grant applications,
  • A follow up in-depth characterisation study to further validate a 3Rs in vitro method.


Who is eligible to apply for the 3R prize?

The Prize will be awarded to an individual who may be the Principal Investigator, research lead or any other author. Any researcher in academia or industry, in the UK or overseas is eligible.


Which types of paper are eligible?

The paper should have been published in the last three years (from 1 September 2020 to 1 September 2023). The paper should describe experimental or laboratory-based research. Review articles (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses) are not eligible.


How can you apply for the prize?

  • Fill in the nomination form available on the NC3Rs website,
  • Attach the paper explaining your research related to the 3Rs,
  • Check the criteria for the assessment procedure on the NC3Rs website,
  • Send your documents to before Wednesday 1 May 2024.

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Apply now for the International 3R Prize by NC3Rs