The Lush Prize is a major initiative aiming to bring forward the day when safety testing takes place without the use of animals.
It will focus 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 consists of a £250,000 annual fund – the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector.
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 equivalent to the entire annual fund of £250,000 will be awarded to the individual or team responsible.
In other 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:
The Lush Prize can be awarded to projects anywhere in the world, to reflect the international nature of the issue. They will be presented at an annual award ceremony in November each year.
There were 12 winners plus a special award recipient in 2013.
Details of the winners and short-listed nominees are here.
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.
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.
The Lush Prize is a collaboration between Lush and Ethical Consumer.
Lush is a campaigning manufacturer and retailer of fresh handmade cosmetics with shops in 49 countries. The Prize is one element of its recently-launched ‘Fighting Animal Testing’ campaign .
Ethical Consumer Research Association is a UK-based research and consultancy co-operative focussed on working with companies and consumers around effective ethical choices.
The Lush Prize is managed on a day-to-day basis by Ethical Consumer in Manchester, and overseen by a five person committee – the Lush Prize Team – comprising: Karl Bygrave, Hilary Jones and Tamsin Omond from Lush and Katy Brown and Rob Harrison from Ethical Consumer.
The Lush Prize combines the passion and resources of Lush staff with the research and campaigning skills of Ethical Consumer.
You can contact the Prize here.