The prizes are available across a number of categories. These are:
- Young Researcher
- Public Awareness
In any year where 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 of up to the entire annual fund can be awarded to the individual or team responsible. In 2015 a Black Box Prize of £250,000 was awarded to a group of scientists involved in mapping, designing and approving replacement tests in the human toxicity pathway of skin sensitisation (allergy).
The winner's are chosen by a panel of independent judges comprising of research scientists, campaigners, politicians and members of the public. The awards ceremony is held in Autumn.