Award for reduction in the use of animals in research

17 June 2013

The Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes requires that techniques which replace the use of animals in research be sought and used wherever possible.

As part of its commitment to the ethical principles of the Code, the University will again be offering a $1000 award to the applicant's department for demonstrating scientific research that shows potential to reduce or replace the use of animals.

To be viewed favourably for the award, applicants must meet the following criteria as laid on in the application instructions:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must include a description of results from original work which show potential to replace or reduce the use of sentient animals in research.
  • The work should have been completed prior to the application closing date.
  • A substantial component of the work must have been conducted by staff or students of the University of Sydney or one of its affiliate institutions.
  • The work must be of a scientific nature.

Assessment Criteria

  • Development of a novel procedure that replaces or reduces the use of animals
  • Improvement or formal validation of an existing non-animal procedure
  • Replacing the use of sentient animal species with non-sentient species
  • Replacing the use of animal products with synthetic alternatives
  • Encouraging the acceptance of a non-animal method by scientific colleagues
  • Evidence of peer-review
  • A clear indication of the extent to which the work has already replaced animal-based procedures or the extent to which this may be possible in the future.

Applications close on 13th August 2013.

Contact: Animal Ethics