Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards 2024 (Up to $100,000 CAD Award) | How to Apply Now

The Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards celebrate outstanding global achievements in the wide-ranging field of food innovation and community influence. In 2024, the awards will be bestowed twice:

Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

Research Impact

This award aims to acknowledge a researcher or group of researchers who have significantly contributed to the understanding of food production, processing, distribution, consumption, safety, and/or human nutrition, resulting in substantial benefits for food systems or society at large.

Likely themes include: food science, the environmental implications of agriculture, genetic traits of crops or livestock, agro-ecology, soil vitality, health and production of food animals, pest control, supply chain supervision, food processing, packaging, safety, consumption, human nutrition, and retail/marketing of food. The evaluation panel is interested in recognizing top-tier research contributions. Nomination packages will be evaluated with consideration for the nominee’s career stage or the group’s level of maturity. It is understood that emerging professionals and recently initiated projects may not have achieved the same standing as long-established individuals and groups.

Community Impact

This accolade aims to honor a person or a collective that has made significant contributions to enhancing nutritional well-being and/or food security, particularly by empowering underprivileged communities.

Likely themes include food sovereignty, food cultivation, food accessibility and distribution, food scarcity, community advancement and management, household nutrition, urban impoverishment, traditional food traditions, economic policies, empowerment of marginalized communities, and education on food and nutrition.


The Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards include the following conditions:

  • Each of the two prizes will be valued at CAD 125,000, consisting of a $100,000 cash prize for the recipient’s personal use and up to $25,000 per award for the recipients’ travel and accommodation, managed by the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph.
  • Also, an award citation and a commemorative item will be given to the recipients.
  • Recipients are expected to take part in a series of events, which may include attending the next Arrell Food Summit and other related activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals from any nation are qualified for nomination, without any limitations based on gender, race, religion, belief, or place of residence.
  • Nominations are welcome from private businesses, educational institutions, government entities, charitable foundations, and non-profit organizations. If multiple nominations are received from the same organization, only the most recent one will be considered.

Selection  Criteria

The criteria for qualifying for the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards are:

  • The nominee, whether an individual or a group, must have made highly notable and well-documented contributions to advancing our scientific knowledge in food production, distribution, and sales, or in the field of human nutrition and consumption. This can also include significant efforts at the community level to enhance nutrition, improve access to food, or enhance food distribution.
  • The nomination package must clearly illustrate how the nominee has played a vital leadership role in accomplishing the above-mentioned contributions.
  • The nomination package should not be presented as a proposal or a funding request.
  • Nominees must be available to attend the award ceremony and associated events.

Nomination procedure

Educational institutions, government bodies, or private/public entities are eligible to nominate candidates for the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards. Each organization may submit one application for each award. Nominations are held in strict confidence and the identities of nominators, nominating organizations, and nominees are kept confidential, except for the awardees. Self-reported demographic information will be gathered to support our commitment to acknowledging a diverse range of human accomplishments. The nomination package must effectively illustrate the pivotal leadership role played by the individual or group being nominated in achieving the desired outcomes, and should incorporate the following:

  • Details required for the nomination (suggested length – up to one page):
  • Nominee’s name(s), current role, address, email, and contact number.
  • The specific award category (“research” or “community”) for which they are being nominated.
  • Name and contact information of the organization making the nomination.
  • An endorsement from a senior official (President, Vice-President, Managing Director, Chief Executive, Chair, Dean) of the nominating organization, confirming the accuracy of the information and endorsing the nominee(s) as the sole nomination from the organization.
  • The source or method through which you became aware of the award.
  • Nomination statement (recommended length 3-5 pages):
  • Explanation of the nominee’s accomplishments in the field of food science or their contributions to the community.
  • Explanation of the significance of the nominee’s contributions.
  • Links to the letters of support and supplementary documents as outlined in the following sections.
  • Endorsement letters from a maximum of 3 individuals and/or organizations familiar with the nominee’s work, but not directly affiliated with the nominee’s work or organization (recommended length up to 4 pages).
  • Additional materials such as articles detailing the nominee’s contributions or the influence of their work; any additional awards and accolades; publications authored by or about the nominee that directly pertain to their contribution (recommended length up to 5 pages).
  • Overall, nomination packages should not exceed 15 pages and must be submitted as a single document in either portrait or landscape format. Cover emails will not be reviewed by the adjudicators.
  • All documents must be sent in Adobe (.pdf) format to the specified email address located here by noon ET on March 5, 2024.

Visit the official website of Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards for further information.

Application Deadline

March 5, 2024.

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