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:

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

To highlight our commitment to these principles, the UNSW 3Rs 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 2021 will be $250,000. This places the UNSW 3Rs Grant Scheme among the leaders in this field of research.

All proposals that clearly support any of the 3Rs will be considered although priority may be given to proposals that:

  • Show the greatest promise for replacing or substantially reducing the number of animals used in research; or
  • Establish or significantly develop new methodologies; or
  • Develop animal welfare applications for the University's Tecniplast digital ventilated caging system.
Key dates for the 2021 UNSW 3Rs Scheme




Call for applications

UNSW 3Rs Grant Scheme Guidelines published

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Applications open

Wednesday 28th July 2021

Information session (via Teams)

Wednesday 11th August 2021 (1.00pm)

Applications close

Monday 20th September 2021

Review and approval

Review and ranking of applications (completion)

Monday 18th October 2021


Announcement of funding outcomes

Late October 2021

Release of funds

November 2021

Grant Guidelines

Guidelines providing full details are available here.

Application Process

Application must be submitted as a single, searchable pdf file using the application form downloadable here.

The closing date for applications is 20th September 2021.

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.

Information Session for Applicants

An information session to be held via Teams has been scheduled for Wednesday 11th August 2021 at 1.00pm. To register your interest in participating in the information session, please email pvcresin@unsw.edu.au

Any updated information will be noted on the UNSW 3Rs 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.