About the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences
The prize was established by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the first ever NAS Prize dedicated to food and agriculture sciences. Beginning in 2017, the new $100,000 prize recognizes 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.