3RCC 2018 Open Call for Projects: six projects selected for funding

The 3RCC received 54 applications for its 2018 call. About half of the projects focused on replacement, 30% on reduction, and 20% on refinement. The total of funding requested amounted to about CHF 15.5 million with funds worth CHF 1.2 million available. Complete applications having no major shortcomings underwent a two-step evaluation process. First, international reviewers having expertise in the fields of the applications evaluated the applications. The reviewers considered a majority of complete applications (70%) as being of good to excellent quality at this step. In a second step, the 3RCC Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) evaluated and compared the top 26 complete applications.  The main criteria evaluated were potential impact on the 3Rs, quality of science, benefit over current methodologies, feasibility, and chances of successful implementation in the broader scientific community. The SAB recommended six projects having the highest evaluations by both SAB members and external reviewers for funding, and the 3RCC Strategic Board approved them at its last meeting in May. Three of the selected projects focus on replacement, two on reduction and one on refinement. The 3RCC made sure that there were no conflicts of interest, and that it maintained the confidentiality of shared information throughout the process. We thank all submitters. The next 3RCC call for projects will open in September 2019. More info: https://swiss3rcc.org/category/research-funding/