NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenge 2016 in osteoarthritis research

20:00 EDT 31 Jul 2016 | Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis Research UK are partnering with the NC3Rs to co-sponsor one of this year’s NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges, a research competition to solve scientific and business problems identified by the bioscience sector.

The challenges are designed to reduce the reliance on animal models and/or improve animal welfare and lead to the development of marketable products.

This year’s challenge

This year's challenge is Osteo-chip: An in vitro model to recapitulate the human osteoarthritic joint.

The aim is to provide a device based on a human tissue or a multiple human cell type co-culture system for research and drug development in osteoarthritis.

This two-phase challenge offers up to £1 million funding (co-funding provided by EPSRC) and a research contract for up to three years. The challenge brief is available now and

Launch event

A free launch event will take place on 8 September in Central London. To register, please download and complete the registration form at and return to

Please use your institutional email address when registering. The deadline for registration is 1 September 2016.

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