Apply to CRACK IT Single Phase Challenges


For Challenges which primarily focus on the validation of new technologies, prototypes and methods that are closer to market and so require less research and lower development costs compared to Two-Phase Challenges, there is a single phase process. Applicants should refer to the Guide for Participants (below) which contains more information on the competition.

Applications for Single Phase Challenges describe plans for addressing the key deliverables detailed in the Challenge brief. This includes an assessment by a Virtual Review Panel. The most promising proposals will be invited to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style interview by the Challenge Panel who will recommend up to one Single Phase award per Challenge.

The 2018 Challenge competition is now open. The deadline to submit Single Phase Challenge applications is 12 noon, 14 November 2018. Complete the Single Phase application form and email to

To view the 2018 CRACK IT Challenges click here.

2018 Single Phase Challenges competition dates
Date Activity
July 2018 2018 Challenges announced
6 September 2018 2018 Challenges launch event
10 September 2018 Competition opens
14 November 2018, 12pm Single Phase application deadline
December 2018 Shortlisted applicants notified of outcome
January 2019 Challenge Panel

Applicant eligibility

The competition is open to any European Union (EU) body, public or private. Applications can be from single organisations or investigators or from consortia. The lead applicant must be EU based.

Applicants may already hold a grant or contract from the NC3Rs or other funding bodies for research related to the topic for which new funds are being sought. In such instances, details of all relevant research funding, including that from industry, should be included in the application

Agreements and awards

Single Phase Challenges awards made following the Challenge Panel are subject to the successful applicant’s organisation signing a non-negotiable agreement with the NC3Rs. The NC3Rs will have an agreement with the Sponsors and an agreement is also recommended between the successful applicant and the Sponsor.

Applicants are strongly advised to read the agreements prior to applying. 


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