The Lush Prize is a major initiative aiming to bring forward the day when safety testing takes place without the use of animals.
It focuses pressure on toxicity testing for consumer products and ingredients, in a way which complements the many projects already addressing the use of animals in medical testing.
The prize normally consists of a £250,000 annual fund – the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector.
In most years, several prizes of £50,000 will reward the most effective projects and individuals who have been working towards the goal of replacing animals in product or ingredient safety testing across five strategic areas:
In any year where there is a major breakthrough in 21st Century Toxicology – the area which holds out most hope for a ‘Eureka’ moment leading to the replacement of animal tests, a Black Box Prize of up to the entire annual fund of £250,000 will be awarded to the individual or team responsible.
In 2015 an exceptional total of £450,000 prize money was awarded, as the Judges decided to award both a Black Box Prize of £250,000, and £200,000 between the winners of the lobbying, training, public awareness, science and young researcher awards.
If there are no potential winners in a category in a particular year, the un-awarded amount may be shared around the other categories or ‘rolled-over’ to another year, or applications may be invited for new projects that year. An organisation may not win an Award for 2 years running.
The Lush Prize is open to projects anywhere in the world, to reflect the international nature of the issue. See the full eligibility requirements.
By combining an invitation for open public nominations with a series of Background Papers the Lush Prize seeks to develop a reputation for identifying genuine excellence in the sector each year. Nominations are open from April to July each year.
A panel of independent judges including research scientists, campaigners, politicians, and members of the public will select winners from a short-list compiled by the Lush Prize Team.
They awards are presented at an annual award ceremony in London each November.