August 31, 2020

Call for Nominations for the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

Call for Nominations for the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is requesting nominations for the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. The Prize was created in 2016 and distinguishes research by a mid-career scientist, defined as up to 20 years since completion of Ph.D., at a United States institution, who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture, or the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production.

The Prize recognizes areas of science with applications to agriculture, including plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics. The award includes a medal and a $100,000 prize, endowed through gifts from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Scientific discovery has the power to transform how we live through the food we eat," said Sally Rockey, executive director of FFAR, during the announcement of the Prize in 2016. "The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research is proud to partner with the Gates Foundation to establish this important prize recognizing, for the first time at the Academy, mid-career food and agricultural scientists for research achievements leading to cutting-edge technologies and practices that impact how we produce and deliver nutritious food around the world."

"Food and agricultural research has been a key foundation of advances in human nutrition and economic growth, and will continue to be essential to future growth, resilience, and conservation of resources and the environment," said Rob Horsch, deputy director of agricultural development of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "This prize will acknowledge, reward, and encourage major contributions to the field."

All nominations are to be submitted online and must include a letter from the nominator, curriculum vitae, bibliography, suggested citation, and two letters of support. The nomination deadline is October 5, 2020, and the recipients will be announced mid-January 2021, followed by a NAS Award Ceremony April 25, 2021.

More information about the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences nomination process can be found here.