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Application process

The candidate nominated for the prize should normally be the lead author of the paper. In cases where the 3Rs aspects of the work were carried out by another author, the lead author can delegate the nomination.

Applications are welcomed from anyone who is familiar with the research paper - e.g. lead or other author, head of department, journal editor or colleagues. Entries are limited to one per individual or research group.

Guidance on completing the application form is available

Establishment eligibility

Nominations are welcomed from any research establishment, including Higher Education Institutions, Hospital/NHS Trusts, Research Council Establishments, Charity Laboratories and Industry. Establishments outside of the UK are now eligible to apply.


Journal papers that contain primary research that advances or has the potential to advance, either the replacement, reduction or refinement of animals in research (the 3Rs) are eligible. The work must have been published in a peer reviewed journal between September 2010 and September 2013. Papers that are 'in press' by the end of September 2013 will also be considered.

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