Up to £3.5 million funding is available through the 2020 CRACK IT Challenges competition to solve five Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. This annual competition provides UK and EU-based academics and SMEs with the opportunity to apply to develop new 3Rs tools, technologies or approaches and engage with new partners.

CRACK IT Challenges is a 3Rs funding competition for collaborative R&D, run by the NC3Rs to deliver marketable 3Rs products or services for end-users across the bioscience sector*. Challenges are developed in collaboration with Sponsors who provide in-kind contributions and/or funding to support development of the Challenge product.

The 2020 CRACK IT Challenges have brought new Sponsor collaborations to the programme and co-funding from industry and the public sector. The five 2020 Challenges cover diverse areas of science and animal use and are supported by ten Sponsors covering the pharmaceutical and fast-moving consumer goods industries, as well as public sector and academic research organisations. Funding for CRACK IT Challenges is provided by the NC3Rs, this year with co-funding from Dstl, EPSRC and Unilever to support specific Challenges.

Interested in applying for one of this year's Challenges? Register for webinars in early September.

The 2020 Challenges are: