What is the award?

The British Society of Animal Science and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have come together to recognise the importance of animal welfare in all aspects of life, be that research, farming, working animals or in the home.  The first of its kind, the BSAS/RSPCA PRAISE Award (Prize for Research with Animal Impact by Scientists in Early career) will recognise students or early career scientists (within 3 years of graduating, or PhD student) whose research focuses on delivering a significant and positive impact on animal welfare. This award was launched during the final session of the first ever BSAS virtual conference on the 15th of April 2021.

The aim of the “PRAISE” award is to encourage the future generation of scientists to value and strive to improve animal welfare through their work. Who can apply?

Applicants can be undergraduate, post-graduate, post doctorate or early career scientists who may put themselves forward for the award, or they may be nominated by their supervisors, tutors or colleagues.

Judging and Scope

Each entry will be judged by an expert panel, whose details will soon be announced, with a key consideration being the opportunity for the research being implemented in the real world.  This could include anything from providing evidence to improve practices day to day, right through to influencing policy making – which would, in turn, have a direct and positive impact on animal welfare.

The Award

The winner of the ‘PRAISE Award’, will receive a bursary worth £500 to support their attendance at the BSAS 2023 annual conference (28th – 30th March 2023) where they will be expected to give a presentation on their research and will be presented with a certificate. The winner will also have the opportunity to attend the prestigious RSPCA 2023 Honours Ceremony.


This annual award will be given to the applicant deemed to have the most innovative and thoughtful approach to reducing harm to or improving the welfare of animals AND whose work is likely to have/has already had the greatest positive impact on animal welfare (including farm, companion, laboratory and wild animals).

Applicants are required to fill in an application form and additionally submit a short summary of their research project (no more than 500 words) by 1st December 2022. The winner will also be expected to write a brief follow up report after attending the BSAS conference, detailing the impact that winning the PRAISE Award has had on them and their chosen career path.

Applications must be submitted in PDF format and UK English.

Application Deadline

1st December 2022

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Photographs are not a condition of the PRAISE award application however photographs of presentations during the BSAS conference and the RSPCA 2023 Honours Ceremony may be taken. Photograph of the winner may also be requested and shared on the BSAS/RSPCA website, newsletters and across relevant social media channels for marketing purposes.

Past Recipients

2021 Holly Vickery

University of Reading