Invitation to Nominate Candidates open to all stakeholders

" The role that scientists and extension workers play in advancing and promoting new, more sustainable crop nutrition solutions cannot be over-emphasized. It is for this reason that the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) grants annually the IFA Norman Borlaug Award.

For 2020, 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 16-18 November 2020 in Kigali, Rwanda.

We look forward to receiving your nominations."


―Charlotte Hebebrand, IFA Director General


The award is offered to individuals (not to teams, 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.

Women scientists are particularly encouraged to apply.

Nomination Procedure

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

Qualified individuals can be nominated by public or private sector organizations or well-respected scientists engaged in plant nutrition research and its practical applications. Applications must be submitted to IFA by 15 June 2020.

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 will be accepted.

(For questions about the nomination procedure, please contact: Samy Beltaief, Tel: +33 1 53 93 05 32,


An independent 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 2020).