The 3RCC is looking to encourage a new generation of researchers to adopt an 3Rs Principle ethos where new methods are transferred and put into active practice. One step on this way is to offer a PhD programme that focuses both on developing this translational thinking in a new generation of researchers, as well as offering a solid anchoring in advancing the application of the 3Rs Principle within the Swiss research landscape.

The funding is intended for applications coming directly from the PhD candidate.

In the first phase, applicants should submit an outline application with basic information on the 3Rs-relevant project they aim to conduct during their PhD. The application will be assessed on the fit of the proposal with the current 3Rs needs and capabilities within Switzerland, as well as the academic and personal history of the candidate. A variety of backgrounds and aims will be explicitly selected for to encourage the development of 3Rs-approaches from a wide range of fields and motivations. Candidates may already suggest a research lab in Switzerland but this is not a strict requirement at this stage.

If your outline application is selected, in the second phase we will find a selection of suitable state-of-the-art research groups in Switzerland with similar 3Rs-related aspirations. It will ultimately be up to the candidate which of these research groups will act as their host.

In the third phase, the PhD candidate will work on their project proposal together with members of the potential host lab to develop a research plan and full application for funding. The development of the full application will also be supported by the 3Rs node-coordinator at that institution.

Indicative timeline
May 29, 2022 – outline application deadline.
July 2022 – invitation for full applications.
October 2022 – full application submission deadline
December 2022 – notification of applicants.
January 2023 – project start and enrolment of PhD candidatures at the host institutions.

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