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Lush Prize Explained

Lush Prize Explained

The Lush Prize is a major initiative aiming to bring forward the day when safety testing takes place without the use of animals.

Winners of the Lush Prize receive an annual fund of £250,000 – the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector - in order to celebrate their achivements in fields such as science, research and campaigning with regards to pursuing alternative options to animal testing. The major focus of the prize, is to put 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.

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 when 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.

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. Last year’s winners include the Laboratory of Mathematical Chemistry,  African Network for Animal WelfareThe New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society , The Centre for Alternatives to Animal TestingTaiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and five researchers who won the Young Researcher award. 

The Lush Prize combines the passion and resources of Lush staff with the research and campaigning skills of Ethical Consumer.

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The prize consists of a £250,000 annual fund – the biggest prize in the non-animal testing sector.


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