Reviewed: July 2024

You can use the following wording to promote the 3Rs in your terms and conditions:

All experimental programmes supported by XXXXX must only use animals where there are no alternatives.

Experiments using animals funded by the XXXXX must:

  • use the species of animal with the lowest level of consciousness possible.
  • ensure that distress and suffering are avoided wherever possible.
  • employ an appropriate design and use the minimum number of animals consistent with ensuring that the scientific objectives will be met.

See the NC3Rs website for further information and guidance (www.nc3rs.org.uk).

All grant holders using animals must implement the principles in the cross-funder guidance Responsibility in the Use of Animals in Bioscience Research (www.nc3rs.org.uk/responsibility).

Grant holders using non-human primates must comply with the NC3Rs guidelines Primate Accommodation, Care and Use (www.nc3rs.org.uk/primatesguidelines).

Grant holders should make use of the ARRIVE guidelines (www.nc3rs.org.uk/ARRIVE) when designing their experiments, and ensure that they report animal-based studies in accordance with the ARRIVE guidelines as far as possible, taking into account the specific editorial policies of the journal concerned.