Young Researcher Prize

Open to keen young scientists (up to 35 years at the time of application) with a desire to fund the next stage of a career focussed on an animal-test free future.

Because toxicology has for so long been centred on animal testing, many scientists with concerns about the use of animals are deterred from becoming toxicologists. Those who do enter the field can find that access to funding for working on non-animal tests can be a barrier.

We want to change this, and to encourage young scientists to develop a career in toxicology without harming animals by offering bursaries to allow them to advance in this area.

There is a £50,000 prize fund shared between all the recipients of the Young Researcher Prize.


Background Paper

The status of dissection on the curriculum varies greatly from country to country – from India, where dissection has actually been banned from both school and university curricula, to the UK where a more ‘personal choice’ stance seems to apply, to other European countries where conscientious objection to dissection can involve a legal battle. It appears that globally, real progress towards humane education is being made.

To find out more download the 2013 Background Paper for Young Researchers Prize.


Nominations and Entries

Complete the form to enter or nominate an individual, group or organisation.


Previous Winners


2013 Prize

Simona Martinotti, Italy (£12,500)
For her research with Dr. Ranzato into wound healing using drug strategies based on natural products and traditional medicines.

Alice Limonciel, Austria (£12,500)
For her research into the improvement of in-vitro models for testing toxicity effects on human kidneys.

Lydia Aschauer, Austria (£12,500)
For her research on improving predictions of human responses to chemicals through understanding molecular mechanisms.

Katja Reinhard, Germany (£12,500)
For her research into visual impairment and blindness using human retinal tissue in vitro.


2012 Prize

Elizabeth Woehrling, UK (£12,500)
For her work on the development of a new in vitro test for neurotoxicity

Felix Rivera-Mariani, USA (£12,500)
For his work on expanding an existing non animal test into new areas.

Chiara Scanarotti, Italy (£12,500)
For her work on skin sensitisation and chemical mixtures.

Line Mathiesen, Denmark (£12,500)
For her work on studying the impact of toxics on placental tissue.