IFA Norman Borlaug Award 2021


International Fertilizer Association 


Norman Borlaug Award


Every year since 1993, IFA grants the Norman Borlaug Award to a person whose research or extension work has led to significant advances in crop nutrition. The Norman Borlaug Award allows IFA to promote research and knowledge transfer on efficient and effective fertilizer use

Previously called the 'IFA International Crop Nutrition Award’, it was renamed the 'IFA Norman Borlaug Award' in recognition of Dr Borlaug’s outstanding and tireless contribution to fighting hunger all over the world. He was a strong supporter of the fertilizer industry, demonstrating the vital links between science, technology, extension and agricultural production.

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.

The recipient of the IFA Norman Borlaug Award will receive € 10,000 (ten thousand euros).

Program details and timeline are not yet confirmed. This information will be updated when the program launches.


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.


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.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination using the form provided on the IFA Norman Borlaug award website. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online, using the application form provided on the IFA Norman Borlaug Award website. Please submit an OR-5 and a completed application to research.services@uoguelph.ca by the external deadline. 

For More Information

For more information, contact stratprg@uoguelph.ca or, Samy Beltaif of the International Fertilizer Organization at sbeltaief@fertilizer.org.

Additional information on the Norman Borlaug Award can be found on the IFA Norman Borlaug award website.

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