First-Ever National Academy of Sciences Prize Dedicated to Food and Agriculture Sciences Established by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research with Support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Beginning in 2017, the new $100,000 prize will recognize one annual recipient for an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. Joint support from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation endows the prize in perpetuity.

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.

Inaugural NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences Recipient: Dr. Ed Buckler

Nominations Currently Closed 

Mid-career researchers at U.S. institutions are nominated online annually. “Mid-career” is defined as up to 20 years since Ph.D. completion. The Prize may also be shared by one or more individuals for a collaborative accomplishment.

For the purpose of the prize, areas of science with applications to agriculture include the following areas and related disciplines:

  • Plant and animal sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition and food science
  • Soil science
  • Entomology
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Agricultural economics

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