Understanding Animal Research launched the Leaders in Openness award to recognise those organisations who commit considerable resource and energy to following best practice, embedding openness within their organisations, and making the aims of the Concordat a reality. These organisations are essential to moving the conversation forward and embedding change in the sector. In recognising their achievement we hope to share their practices more widely, supporting similar organisations to adopt further steps towards openness.
Concordat signatories need to apply for this status, showing how they meet the criteria and where leadership status is granted, it is held for three years. The applications are assessed by a public-panel and by two peers, drawn from a pool of volunteers.