Young Researcher Award

The Young Researcher Prize is open to young scientists (up to 35 years at the time of application) with a desire to fund the next stage of a career focussed on an animal-test free future.

We seek nominations from those working on replacing, rather than reducing or refining animal experiments. The Prize is awarded to fund future work.

For total prize fund is £150,000, providing £10,000 each for up to 15 Young Researchers:

  • 5 Young Researchers Asia awards
  • 5 Young Researchers Americas awards
  • 5 awards for young scientists in any other part of the world

Lush Prize recognises that in some regions of Asia and the Americas, support and funding opportunities for young researchers wanting to work in in-vitro science are more limited. As such, we do not expect young researchers from these regions to meet the high criteria we expect from scientists in other parts of the world.


Eligibility Guidelines

These guidelines set out ethical and scientific principles on which the Lush Prize is based and the nature of work that is rewarded. The Lush Prize is based on the 1R of replacement rather than refinement or reduction.

1. The overriding aim of the Lush Prize is to reward individuals, groups or organisations who are working hard and doing most to find and push forward replacements to non-human animal testing in toxicology. Naturally therefore, the aim is that this money will be channelled towards those who aren’t involved in the use of animals.

2. Non-animal research in this sense means no use of non-human animals (including all vertebrates and invertebrates) or primary animal cells, embryos, tissues, organs and serums. Human biology-based approaches are strongly encouraged, although the use of established cell lines of non-human animal origin shall not necessarily be excluded.

3. The prize money shall be ring-fenced for non-animal use so that it cannot be used to fund any animal testing whatsoever.

4. The young researcher bursaries are intended solely for non-animal use, though we will not put any constraints on the institution at which the young researcher uses this funding.

5. In awarding the prize to academic institutions, priority will be given to research teams or groups which deal exclusively with non-animal research.

6. The prize aims particularly to reward those working in areas where funding is tight and these areas may be given priority. However, applications from large commercial organisations, including those with involvement in animal testing, will be considered from individuals or teams working within these organisations if they are solely focussed on replacement work. Priority will be given to those with a clear commitment to an open-source policy/approach towards the sharing of techniques once developed.

7. In rewarding organisations involved in training, priority will be given to those with a strong focus on replacement and not reduction or refinement.

8. Any organisation which does not quite fit these eligibility guidelines is welcome to nominate themselves if they feel they can provide a strong rationale for why we should consider them. Personal statements from individuals on their own position on animal testing will prove useful in such cases.
Any issues that may arise will be discussed openly with the candidate. It will be helpful if candidates flag up any potential concerns in advance.

You can see the Full Eligibility Guidelines and Requirements here. If you have any queries, please contact us.


Entry Form

We do not accept nominations on behalf of someone else. If there is someone whom you think may want to enter the Young Researcher Award, you can notify them using this email form.

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    Please limit your CV to three pages, with information relevant to the Lush Prize, including all of your publications.
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