Training Prize

For individuals, teams or organisations involved in training others in non-animal methods.

There is a £50,000 prize fund shared between all the winners of the Training Prize.

Many established scientists may not have been trained in alternative methods or might not even be aware of them, while future scientists and students need to be provided with education in alternatives in order to be able to pursue further research in this area.

Establishing training programmes and increasing capacity, whether as one-off workshops or ongoing programmes, can make a huge difference to this field.

This prize recognises the importance of dissemination of methods among commercial scientists, researchers and students. The criteria for training is broad, and includes training existing scientists in new techniques, open-source databases, and the education of school children.


Background Paper

While significant progress is being made in raising awareness on non-animal research by dedicated groups and individuals, outside of this the interest in reaching a wider, mainstream audience can still largely depend on the attitudes and acceptance by individual researchers or teaching staff.

That said, the environment for discussion of both the ethical and scientific issues of animal testing is expanding on an ongoing basis. A change in attitudes to animal-free research methods, as well as acceptance and training in their actual use which remains vitally important

Download the 2016 Background Paper for Training.



Entries for the 2017 Prize are now open, and close on Monday 24th July.

You can enter yourself or your own organisation – please note that we do not accept nominations on behalf of other people or organisations.


Previous Winners


The Institute for In Vitro Science was a Lush Prize winner for Training in 2012. Co-Founder Erin Hill discusses the impact of winning the Lush Prize and encourages others to submit a nomination.


2016 Prize

Kirkstall, UK (£25,000)
Kirkstall’s training programme has reached over 600 scientists. The recognition and financial reward gained from the Lush Prize presents us with a great opportunity to increase the impact of our training activity and our continued efforts towards the replacement of animal testing.

Iranian Anti-Vivisection Association, Iran (£25,000)
IAVA has been working with universities for over six years, meeting with deans, teachers and students nationwide to demonstrate and introduce humane alternatives.


2015 Prize

PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., UK (£25,000)
Minimising animal testing under REACH (European chemical testing regulations) through a series of scientific webinars and face-to-face training sessions for regulators, company representatives and contractors.

Dmitry Leporsky, Ukraine (£25,000)
Campaigning for replacement alternatives in the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Kyrgyzstan.


2014 Prize

Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Kenya (ANAW)
ANAW was established in 2006 as a Pan African Non-Governmental Organisation, and its mission is to work together with communities, Governments and other animal welfare stakeholders in promoting humane treatment of all Animals across Africa.

Professor Ovanes Mekenyan, Laboratory of Mathematical Chemistry, Bulgaria
The Laboratory of Mathematical Chemistry (LMC) was established 30 years ago, and is one of the most influential molecular modelling labs worldwide.


2013 Prize

XCellR8, UK (£25,000)
For providing training in ethically sound and scientifically advanced human cell culture research technologies.

Dr Anna Maria Bassi’s Research Team, LARF, Italy (£25,000)
For the development and delivery of training courses in animal-free cell culture research in accordance with EU regulation.


2012 Prize

Institute for In Vitro Sciences, USA (£25,000)
For their vital work on training researchers in non-animal methods from Brazil to Japan

InterNICHE, (£25,000)
For their work in training in former Soviet states, South America and Africa.