Science Prize

For individuals, research teams or institutions for work conducted on relevant toxicity pathways. Outstanding research producing an effective non-animal safety test based on an approach other than toxicity pathways, where none existed before, may also be considered.

There is a £50,000 prize fund shared between all the winners of the Science Prize.

21st Century Toxicology is a new approach to safety testing which is exciting regulators, toxicologists, campaigners and companies around the world. It has become possible because of advances in biology, genetics, computer science and robotics.

It offers better relevance to humans (rather than using mice, rats and rabbits), and will explain the underlying causes of toxicity. Unlike animal methods, the new tests will help predict human variability and differential effects on embryos, children and adults. And as the superior scientific basis of the new approach is recognised, outdated animal tests will be replaced.


Background Papers and Materials

Background Paper for the Lush Prize 2013

Humane Society International (video)

National Academy of Sciences Introduction (3pp pdf)

Human Toxicology Project Document (2pp pdf)

US National Academy of Sciences (Book 196pp)


Nominations and Entries

Nominations for the 2014 Prize are now closed.


Previous Winners


2013 PrizeZoe

QSAR and Molecular Modelling Group, Liverpool John Moores University, UK (£25,000)
For their work developing computational alternatives to animal testing to predict the effects of chemicals.

The Lung & Particles Research Group, Cardiff University, UK (£25,000)
For their work developing non-animal replacement models of the human respiratory system for inhalation toxicology applications.


2012 Prize

The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy (£50,000)
For its work on toxicity pathways in heptatoxicology and developmental toxicology.