Call on the development of Next Generation Non-animal Technologies
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) are launching a joint call of £4M to support the development of non-animal technologies (such as complex 3D tissue models, organ-on-chips, MPS, and in silico or computational tools).
These alternative approaches should
- mimic the physiological environment,
- consider a whole system approach (e.g. intra-organ interactions, micro-environmental factors),
- model human and/or animal biology and
- predict interactions.
This call will help to increase confidence in the use of non-animal technologies and will strengthen partnerships between academia and industry.
What are the eligibility criteria?
- You can submit a project up to £250k. The BBSRC and NC3Rs will fund 80% of this total cost. The project can last up to 24 months.
- The scope of the project has to fit in the BBSRC’s remit to receive funding. BBSRC funds research in: plants, microbes, animals, humans, tools and technologies underpinning biological research, wild species and managed land.
- The project should be able to replace in vivo models or animal studies in line with the NC3Rs mission.
- Applicants should be part of UK-based organisations. These organisations have to be one of those:
- Higher education institutions,
- Eligible independent research organisations,
- Public sector research establishments,
- UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded laboratories and facilities.
What are the key dates and how to apply?
- 23 June 2022: The application form will be available on the Je-S system.
- 8 September 2022: Deadline for application via Je-S. Proposals should be submitted via the Je-S system. A guidance for applicants will be published in early June.
- November 2022: Assessment panel meeting and notification of results to applicants.
- 3 January 2023: Deadline to start award.
How will your proposal be assessed?
The projects will be evaluated by senior independent academic and industry members. The assessment criteria will be published early June.