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 the UNSW’s 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.

Funding & duration

A total of $250,000 will be available for the 2021 round to support projects for an 18 month period
from January 2022 to June 2023.


  • At least one leading member of the research team named on the application must be a member of
    the academic staff of UNSW, and on the payroll of UNSW or have been formally appointed to
    UNSW according to established processes for Conjoint or clinical appointments for Area Health
    Services or associated research institutions.
  • Conjoint and clinical staff must have all their research productivity (e.g. grant applications,
    postgraduate research student supervision, UNSW affiliation on publications) submitted through
    and administered by UNSW to be eligible to apply for support under this scheme.
  • Emeritus and honorary staff are eligible to apply for support from this scheme provided another
    senior member of the project team meets the above criteria.
  • Applicants may be named on a maximum of two proposals in the same funding round.
  • Projects involving animals must meet all requirements for Animal Ethics and other regulatory
    approvals. For the purposes of this scheme, the term ‘animal’ refers to any live non-human
    vertebrate (that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals encompassing domestic
    animals, purpose-bred animals, livestock and wildlife) as well as cephalopods and decapod

Submission requirements & due date

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