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Imaging Community: the NC3RS has announced a strategic call


The NC3Rs is seeking high-quality research proposals to address genuine technological challenges in preclinical imaging which if overcome would advance science and the 3Rs.

The deadline for submission of applications is 16 October 2013.


The use of non-invasive, whole body imaging technologies in basic research and preclinical drug development has become commonplace in both academic and industrial settings. The potential for these approaches to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals (the 3Rs) is well recognised, allowing researchers to substantially reduce their animal use and refine experimental endpoints based on the animals welfare state. The use of human imaging studies may even enable replacement of some animal work. However these technologies still have limitations which if overcome could advance science and the 3Rs even further.

In February 2013, the NC3Rs convened an expert group of imagers from academia and industry to explore these limitations and identify opportunities for imaging technology development to advance their application in the biosciences and the 3Rs. The group identified eight key challenges for technology development:

  • Animal handling and welfare assessment
  • Tracking cell fate and distribution
  • 3D gene expression profiling
  • Combining technologies
  • Imaging bioengineered tissues
  • Molecular imaging of biodistribution
  • Improving sensitivity and resolution
  • Phenotyping genetically modified mice


To identify opportunities for addressing these challenges, the NC3Rs hosted a workshop bringing together the preclinical imaging community from across sectors and disciplines -www.nc3rs.org.uk/imaging2013. The workshop, hosted jointly with the Technology Strategy Board-funded Electronics, Sensors and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN), in central London in June 2013, provided an open forum for dialogue and information exchange around approaches for technology development to address the challenges listed above; and to prioritise which of the eight challenges to include in the current funding call. Further information on the scope of the strategic call can be found in the Strategic Award Call Handbook.

Who can apply?


The Strategic Award scheme is open to any UK research establishment including Higher Education Institutions, Hospital/NHS trusts, Research Council establishments, Charity laboratories and Industry.


We will consider applications from any UK-based researcher who can demonstrate that they will direct the proposed research and be actively engaged in carrying it through. The minimum formal qualification required is a graduate degree, although it would normally be expected that an applicant would have been awarded a PhD. Applications involving less experienced researchers should normally be made in collaboration with a more senior colleague.

For the present call, the research team must include both imaging end-users and biologists, and ideally an imaging technology manufacturer/developer. If any of these groups is only represented as a collaborator, it must be demonstrated that there will be a significant level of collaboration. If any of these groups are not represented on the research team, a clear description of how they will be engaged after the completion of the project must be provided.

Support from other sources

Applicants may already hold a grant from the NC3Rs and other funding bodies for research related to the topic for which new funds are being sought. It is important that applicants state whether any financial support from another body is already provided.

The same or similar application cannot be considered by any other Research Council, the Health Departments or any other research funder at the same time.

Funding details

A total budget of up to £1M is available for high quality and innovative applications. Awards can be for any period up to 3 years. The financial support requested should be tailored to the scientific needs of the proposal. Requests for funding can include:

  • The salary of the Principal Investigator and co-investigators for up to 3 years
  • Support for additional research, technical or other posts
  • Consumables
  • Equipment
  • Animals (purchase and maintenance costs)
  • Travel and subsistence
  • Data archiving, data sharing and dissemination costs
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