Invitation to Nominate Candidates

" The role that scientists, researchers and extension workers play in the significant advances in crop nutrition to promote sustainable fertilizer use cannot be over-emphasized. It is for this reason that the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) grants annually the IFA Norman Borlaug Award.

For 2019, IFA will recognize scientists/researchers involved in crop or soil science, whose work will be judged on the basis of research quality, originality and practical application.

The recipient of the IFA Norman Borlaug Award will receive € 10,000 (ten thousand euros) and will be invited as a guest to the IFA Strategic Forum to be held from 19-20 November 2019 in Versailles, France.

We look forward to receiving your nominations."

―Charlotte Hebebrand, IFA Director General


The award is offered to individuals (not to organizations or companies) for their research efforts.

Qualifying work should reflect the level of senior crop or soil scientist/researcher from public or private entities.

Nomination Procedure

Applications must be submitted in English and in electronic format by e-mail. The form can be downloaded below.

Qualified individuals must be nominated by an IFA member. Applications must be submitted to an IFA member by 15 June 2019, and nominations by members must be forwarded to the IFA Secretariat by 30 June 2019.

Only complete applications following the required format will be considered by the IFA Secretariat. The duly completed application form should not exceed a total number of 2,500 words for the qualification statements. Applicants must provide an abstract of the six selected papers listed in their application form.

Additional documents and nomination letters from other organizations, lists of publications and any other material will not be considered by the selection panel.

Only complete entries following the conditions set above with the required nomination letter from an IFA member in good standing are qualified and will be accepted.

If applicants need assistance to identify an appropriate IFA member, please contact Mr Samy Beltaief, Tel: +33 1 53 93 05 32,


An independent selection panel will evaluate and select the laureate on the basis of research quality, originality and practical application. Preference is given to research leading to improvements in fertilizer use efficiency, economic and environmental sustainability, food quality and human health.

The award recipient will be announced on Global Fertilizer Day (13th October 2019).