The Training Prize is open to individuals, teams or organisations involved in training others in non-animal methods. It has a prize fund of £50,000.
It is for those working on replacing, rather than reducing or refining animal experiments.
Entries for the 2024 Lush Prize close on Friday 1st December.
Please read the eligibility guidelines and complete the Entry Form below.
Training Prize 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 complete replacement rather than refinement or reduction.
You can see the Full Eligibility Guidelines and Requirements for Winners here. If you have any queries, please contact us.
In rewarding organisations involved in training, priority will be given to those with a strong focus on replacement and not reduction or refinement.
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.
Non-animal research in this sense means no use of non-human animals (including all vertebrates and invertebrates) or primary animal cells, or non-human animal-derived materials (tissues, sera, cells, embryos, antibodies, cornea, etc). Human biology-based approaches are strongly encouraged, although the use of established cell lines of non-human animal origin shall not necessarily be excluded.
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.
For the 2024 Prize, nominated projects must have been running in 2022 or 2023.
No organisation will receive an award for two prize cycles in a row. This normally includes affiliate groups such as departments of the same organisation in different countries. If you are unclear whether this applies to your organisation please contact us.
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.
We do not accept nominations on behalf of someone else. If there is someone whom you think may want to enter the Training Prize, you can notify them using this email form.
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