Recognition Awards

The Recognition awards are three non-financial awards, in areas where monetary prizes were either not appropriate or necessary.

These are for Political Achievement, Major Science Collaboration and Health Charity Project.

Winners are judged from entries received in the usual way, they receive trophies, are invited to the awards events, and are celebrated in our communications and outreach along with the other prizes.


Political Achievement Award

This award is open to elected political officials in any country and is in recognition of the essential work politicians do to create lasting legal change for animals and science.

The 2024 Award winners were:

  • Jean-Yves Duclos MP, Social Democrats, Sweden
  • Emma Hurst MP, New South Wales, Australia

The 2022 Award winners were:

  • Jytte Guteland MP, Social Democrats, Sweden
  • Tilly Metz MEP, Greens, Luxembourg
  • In-soon Nam, National Assembly, South Korea


Major Science Collaboration

This award is to celebrate and highlight international collaborations looking to develop non-animal techniques or approaches more widely and in the longer term which might not otherwise fit the criteria for our Science Prize. Recent examples include the US government’s NCATS’ Tissue Chips programme and the EU’s RISK-HUNT3R programme.

We are looking to award a major multi-year collaboration with more than one large institution involved. As with the Science Prize, focus areas for this award are adverse outcome pathways, organs on chips, and computational toxicology.

The 2024 Award winner was

  • Coalition to Illuminate and Address Animal Methods Bias (COLAAB). The COLAAB is a global team of scientists & advocates addressing the preference for animal-based research methods.


Health Charity Project

Just as new 21st century approaches like mapping molecular pathways and organs on chips are revolutionising chemical safety testing, they are also transforming the way health research is being conducted.

Although most health research charities still use the old animal-based model extensively, increasing proportions of their funds are finding their way into projects using these new non-animal techniques.

This is not normally because of ethical objections to animal use, but simply because speed, cost, reproducibility and human-relevance are all improved. In order to draw attention to and encourage this transition, the Lush Prize had created a new recognition award called ‘Health Charity Project’.

We’re looking for animal-free work, or collaborations, from registered charities that have created important new insights or techniques in the last eighteen months.