BIFAD Awards for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab

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Call for Nominations:  2021 BIFAD Awards for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2021 BIFAD Awards for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab. The Feed the Future Innovation Labs draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and developing country research institutions to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges to strengthen the resiliency of food and agricultural systems. The BIFAD Awards for Scientific Excellence are one way in which BIFAD recognizes the trailblazing work of these dedicated researchers.

About the Award

The BIFAD Awards for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab recognize individual researchers and/or research teams for significant achievements originating from work performed under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) funded Feed the Future Innovation Labs. The awards recognize research efforts that contribute to the interrelated and interdependent objectives of the Global Food Security Strategy: inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, strengthened resilience among people and systems, and a well-nourished population.

Award Categories

Two awards are anticipated: the Senior Research Award, for an individual researcher or a team of researchers, and the Student Researcher Award. Nominees must be associated currently or formerly with a Feed the Future Innovation Lab. Achievements upon which award nominations are based must have been completed primarily while affiliated with a Feed the Future Innovation Lab. For detailed eligibility criteria, see the full Call for Nominations.

Selection Criteria

A successful award recipient or recipient team’s research should demonstrate scientific and technical merit, dedication to developing country national and/or regional agricultural research priorities, potential for broader impact at scale that contributes to improvements in developing country food security, nutrition, resilience, and inclusive, sustainable, agriculture-led economic growth, and evidence of commitment for integrating inclusive development and local capacity development considerations.

Nominations Instructions

  • Nomination are accepted until August 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • All nomination packets must be submitted in the online form, HERE.
  • Nomination materials must clearly address the selection criteria shared in the full Call for Nominations.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence!

Drs. Yihun Dile, Abeyou Worqlul, and Jean-Claude Bizimana of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small-Scale Irrigation at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M AgriLife are recipients of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) 2019 Senior Reseach Team Award for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab. Mr. Jean Baptiste Ndahetuye of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is the 2019 recipient of the BIFAD Student Award for Scientific Excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab. The award announcements were made on October 15, 2019 during the BIFAD public meeting in conjunction with the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Last updated: July 12, 2021

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