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2019 CRACK IT Challenges announced

The 2019 CRACK IT Challenges are now live. This year's competition consists of three Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. Funding is provided by the NC3Rs and in-kind contributions are provided the Sponsors. There are seven Sponsors (AstraZeneca, Bayer, GSK, Novartis, The Royal Veterinary College, Takeda and The University of Sheffield).

Full details of the Challenges and Sponsors can be found here.

They are hosting an event to launch the competition in central London on 11 September 2019, providing invaluable access to potential new partners and to the Challenge Sponsors. Networking at the event is intended to stimulate discussion between applicants and Sponsors to help put together a winning application.

The launch event is free to attend but registration is essential. 

Register for the launch event via the NC3Rs Innovation Platform before 4 September 2019.


Analysis for Innovators (A4I) - latest funding opportunity opens 29 July 2019

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) gives UK businesses access to cutting-edge R&D, expertise and facilities to help solve analysis or measurement problems that can't be cracked using standard technologies and techniques. This popular funding programme is aimed at businesses of any size and, in the first instance, you only need explain your problem to apply.

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. A4I has funded more than 100 projects.

Details of Round 5 are now announced:
A4I Round 5: phase 1 expression of interest (de minimis)
A4I Round 5: phase 1 expression of interest

For more information


Cancer Research UK - Multidisciplinary Project Award

The aim of these awards is to generate creative research ideas and explore their applicability in cancer research. These awards are awarded jointly between Principal Investigators (PI) from engineering/physical science disciplines, and PIs who are working in cancer research.

Preliminary submission deadline is 1 August 2019. Award offered up to £500,000 up to four years duration.

Find out about this award.


BBSRC - TRDF Transformative Research Technologies

The aim of the call is to support the early-stage development of cutting edge, high-impact transformative research technologies based on new advances in fundamental engineering, physical and life sciences which are essential to sustaining the vibrancy of life sciences discovery research in the UK. These technology developments should offer the potential of a step-change in the state-of-the-art for the given field.

Application deadline is 16.00 hrs, 17 September 2019. Award offered up to £150,000 for duration of 6- 12 months.

Find out about this award.


Animal Free Research UK

Grants awarded to research with a focus on the development of non-animal technologies and human relevant methods to advance human health.

  • PhD studentships or postdoctoral research associates: up to three years of funding.
  • One-year pilot studies: funding up to £5,000.

Apply now:  Application deadline: 2 August 2019 


Rosetrees Trust Project Grant

These awards are aimed at developing more progressed research and can be used to fund salaries, consumables and other running costs. Funding available for small (up to £30k per annum) and large project grants (up to £80k per annum).

Find out more about this grant.   Next submission deadline: 31 July 2019


Wellcome Collaborative Awards in Science

Collaborative Awards promote the development of new ideas and speed the pace of discovery. We fund teams of researchers, consisting of independent research groups, to work together on the most important scientific problems that can only be solved through collaborative efforts. 

Next application deadline is 20 August 2019. Funding awards offered up to £4 million for up to 5 years.

Find out more about this award. 


BHF New Horizons Grants

To encourage scientists from outside traditional cardiovascular biology to engage in cardiovascular research and bring novel expertise to the field, and to develop new technologies, models or methodologies.

Examples of such collaborations includes cooperatives between biologists and engineers, physicists, mathematicians etc.

No closing date. Funding offered up to £300,000 for up to 3 years. 

Find out more about this grant.


NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Awards - Call 18

Applications are invited for the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Product Development Award (PDA)  that funds the development of disruptive early stage medical technologies which  address existing or emerging healthcare needs. i4i PDA supports translational projects developing innovative medical technology including medical devices, active implantable devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. i4i also supports projects which utilise and develop techniques or technologies from other industry sectors that could have a potential impact if applied in a healthcare setting. 

Next submission deadline is 1pm, 5 June 2019. Offering between £50,000-£150,000 over a 6-12 month period, its primary aim is to help SMEs get to a point where they can apply for further funding.

Find out more about this award. 


Animal Free Research UK Summer Student Programme now CLOSED 

Animal Free Research UK are accepting applications to their Summer Student Programme from researchers who would like funding to supervise an undergraduate student to advance medical science by conducting an 8-week animal free research project in their own laboratory.

Research projects must show the potential to replace any regulated animal experiment in the UK – projects with the potential to replace the use of cats, dogs or primates are particularly welcomed. Research that requires or involves the use of animals (defined for this purpose as any organism of the Kingdom Animalia, excluding humans) or any animal-derived biomaterials in any way, even though the ultimate aim may be to replace their use, will not be supported.

Funding up to £2000 is available, which covers a student stipend of £180 per week to support living costs and a consumables budget of up to £560. Grant holders do not need to be tenured or have a permanent contract – postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, PhD researchers, technicians or laboratory managers are also eligible to apply to supervise a Summer Student.

The Summer Student Programme also includes a unique Summer School for students, held on 21st-23rd August. Summer Students will receive additional training in science communication, careers guidance and the opportunity to network and present their summer research project in the form of a poster presentation at a celebration evening event.

Applications will be accepted until the deadline at 17:00 on Friday 1st March. Full application criteria, guidance and terms & conditions can be found on the application pages (


The Microfluidic Circle competition - The Prototyping Grant 2019

Upon successful completion of two previous rounds of The Microfluidic Circle competition, we are pleased to announce the opening of the application process for The Prototyping Grant 2019. We have been impressed by the outstanding quality of the submitted applications over past years and we believe that this year will not be any different.

This no strings attached Prototyping Grant was created for start-ups or emerging companies who have a novel product with a microfluidic component in it. The winners of the Prototyping Grant will obtain free design and fabrication services from uFluidix for the development of their microfluidic prototypes.

The dollar value of offered services in USD 50,000 for one year.

» Find out more about this grant

NC3Rs - Skills and Knowledge Transfer grants

Supports the adoption of alternative, novel 3Rs models, tools and technologies within routine research practice, through the transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise. Awards are for up to 24 months, up to £75k (80% FEC).  The scheme is currently open to applications.


NC3Rs - CRACK IT Solutions

A technology partnering hub and funding scheme to accelerate the translation of technologies with 3Rs potential ('Solutions') by helping to identify new partners and customers to use, develop and validate the technology. This is particularly good at connecting academics with potential industry end-users of the technology. Submit your solutions!

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