UNSW 3Rs Grant Scheme

The principles of the 3Rs are central to the ethical conduct of research involving animals and are defined in the Governing Principles of Australia’s animal research Code as:

  • the Replacement of animals with other methods; 
  • the Reduction in the number of animals used; and
  • the Refinement of techniques used to minimise the adverse impact on animals.

To highlight our commitment to these principles, the UNSW 3Rs (U3Rs) Grant Scheme has been developed to support science-based projects with a primary goal of replacing, reducing or refining the use of animals in biomedical research.

The total funds available for approved projects in 2020 will be $150,000. This places the U3Rs Grant Scheme among the leaders in this field of research.

Strategies that show the greatest promise for replacing the use of animals will be given priority although the Scheme will also recognise strategies likely to make a significant contribution to reducing animal numbers, refining research procedures or advancing evidence-based best practice in animal welfare.

Key dates for the 2020 U3Rs Scheme


Event/Milestone Dates
Announcement of Scheme U3Rs Scheme Guidelines Published Wednesday 21st August 2019
Applications Information Session Wednesday 4th September 2019
Call for Applications Monday 9th September 2019
Applications Close Monday 14th October 2019
Review and Approval Review and Ranking of Applications (Completion) Monday 11th November 2019
Funding Announcement of Funding Outcomes Early December 2019

Distribution of Funds

December 2019


Application Process

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020 round.

For enquiries, please contact Dr Malcolm France, Director of Animal Services at m.france@unsw.edu.au or other contacts listed in the Appendix at the end of the application form.

Grant Guidelines

Guidelines providing full details are available here.

Information Session for Applicants

An information session has been scheduled for Wednesday 4th September. Further details may be found here.

Any updated information will be noted on the U3Rs Grant Scheme website. Alternatively, if you have any questions please contact Dr Malcolm France, Director of Animal Services at m.france@unsw.edu.au.


For general enquiries about this scheme, please contact Dr Malcolm France, Director of Animal Services at m.france@unsw.edu.au.

For administrative inquiries, please contact the Office of the PVC (Research Infrastructure) via pvcresin@unsw.edu.au.