Award for reduction in animal use in research

26 November 2010

In support of the ethical principles of the animal research Code of Practice, applications are invited for an award to recognize work that has potential to reduce the use of animals in research.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible:

  • the work must show potential to replace or reduce the use of sentient animals in research.
  • the work must have been completed prior to the application closing date.
  • asubstantial component of the work must have been conducted by students or staff of the University of Sydney or one of its affiliate institutions.
  • the work must be of a scientific nature.

Assessment criteria
Research outcomes which will be viewed favourably will include (but are not limited to):

  • 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 wider application or acceptance of alternatives to the use of animals;
  • Evidence of peer-review is desirable although not essential.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted to Dr Lucie Nedved (Animal Welfare Manager) or Dr Malcolm France (Director of Laboratory Animal Services) and must include:

  • name, phone number, email and postal address of the person submitting the application.
  • abrief descriptive title for the work.
  • the names and institutional affiliations of others directly involved in the work.
  • asummary (not exceeding 700 words in total) divided into Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion.
  • acommentary not exceeding 300 words describing how the results may lead (or have already led) to a reduction in the use of animals in research or teaching.
  • contact details of a referee or supervisor willing to support the application.

The award will be a payment of $1,000 to the applicant's department. It is intended that the successful applicant will have discretion over expenditure of the award money (within relevant University policies).


Applications will be assessed by the Animal Welfare Manager and the Director, Laboratory Animal Services who will then seek input and endorsement from the Animal Ethics Committee. The Ethics Office reserves the right not to proceed with the award; the announced decision shall be final.

Closing date: 10 January 2011

The winner will be announced on 22 February 2011 a the Introduction to Animal Researchcourse.