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UK: Competition for feasibility studies to advance non-animal technologies

£ 4 million of funding is to be invested into feasibility studies to advance the development and application of non-animal tech­nologies. The competition is funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), Bio­technology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).


Building on the output of workshops held by the TSB and the NC3Rs in 2013, a key aim of the funding is to harness the com­mercial potential of technologies in this area. The TSB and the NC3Rs are to hold a series of networking events in December and January throughout the UK to highlight the scope of the competition and facilitate consortia building.


The competition is open to companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, agrochemical, personal care, and con­tract research industries with support from businesses in manu­facturing, ICT, and informatics.


Projects must be business-led and collaborative, and academ­ic partners can claim no more than 50% of the project costs. Projects should have a duration of 12 to 18 months, and range in size up to £ 250,000.


This competition opens on February 3, 2014. All applicants must first register via the website by noon on March 19, 2014. The deadline for applications is noon on March 26, 2014.


More information:



NC3Rs press release

November 15, 2013

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