July 14, 2016 – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) has announced the creation of the National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Research, which will recognize extraordinary contributions to agriculture by scientists up to 20 years since completion of their Ph.D. A $100,000 prize will be awarded annually to one recipient or a group of individuals for a collaborative accomplishment that has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species significant to agriculture or food production. This award has been endowed by FFAR and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Nominations are currently open until October 3, 2016 for the 2017 recipient in fields including plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics. Click here for more information about submitting nominations.
Establishing the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences is part of FFAR’s efforts to elevate food and agriculture research in the scientific arena and highlight the critical need for scientists working toward more productive, sustainable agriculture and better health through nutritious food.