Norman Borlaug Award for field Research

The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, is awarded every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation.

The grant seeks to recognize individuals under the age of 40 who have had exceptional, science-based impact in international agriculture and food production. Winners must exhibit clearly the same intellectual courage, stamina and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty as was demonstrated by Dr. Norman Borlaug as a young scientist working in Mexico in the 1940’s and 50’s.

Prize money

$10,000 to one winner


  • Nominee must be under the age of 40 at the time the award is presented.
  • Must be actively working in the field for which the individual is being recognized. They may be associated with a public or private educational, research or development organization or related entity.
  • Nominees remain eligible for consideration beyond the year of their nomination, at the discretion of the Award Jury, as long as the award criteria and age requirement are met.
  • The award is intended to be presented to one person. However, another person may share the award for pronounced collaborative efforts and achievement.

How to apply

Individuals can only be nominated by another individual or organization. Self-nomination will not be accepted.

Nominators should have a direct knowledge of the nominees work and should be ready to provide a number of specific examples, explaining how the nominee’s accomplishments align with the award criteria.

Click here to learn more about the award. Nominate a Nominee Here.

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