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CRACK IT challenge-based funding

Delivered by NC3Rs


CRACK IT is the NC3Rs response to the changing environment in the biosciences. The aim is to accelerate the availability of technologies which will deliver:

  • measurable 3Rs impacts
  • new marketable products
  • more efficient business processes

This challenge-led competition funds collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to solve business and scientific 'Challenges' involves:

  • Two Phase Challenges: This is a two phase application process. Phase 1 supports proof-of-concept studies for up to six months, with proposals assessed by a Review Panel. At the end of Phase 1, the Challenge Panel recommends which project to support in Phase 2 to address the full Challenge requirements. Entry into Phase 2 is dependent on successful completion of Phase 1.
  • Single Phase Challenges: Proposals for Single Phase Challenges describe plans for addressing the key deliverables detailed in the Challenge brief. This includes an assessment by a Virtual Review Panel with the most promising proposals invited to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style interview by the Challenge Panel.

To learn about the challenges or to apply for one today, please click "Find out more" below.