Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards 2023 (up to $100,000)

Deadline: March 10, 2023

Nominations are open for the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards 2023. Awarded annually since 2018, the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards recognize unique approaches and achievements of individuals and organizations around the globe.

The two prizes of $100,000 are awarded in these categories: research innovation and community engagement innovation.

  • Research Innovation: This first award recognizes a researcher, or group of researchers, who has advanced understanding of food production, processing, distribution, consumption, safety and/or human nutrition, with a significant positive impact on society. It Includes, but are not limited to, food science, crop or livestock genetics, agro-ecology, pest management, supply chain management, soil health, human nutrition, food processing, food packaging, or food safety.
  • Community Engagement Innovation: This second award recognizes an individual, or group of individuals, who has contributed to improved nutritional health and/or food security, with a focus on strengthening disadvantaged communities. It includes, but are not limited to, household nutrition, urban poverty, Aboriginal food security, traditional food systems, socioeconomic policy, poverty elimination, or community development.


  • Each of the two prizes will be worth $125,000 CAD comprising a $100,000 cash award for the personal use of recipients and up to $25,000 per award for travel and accommodation of the recipients, administered by Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph.
  • An award citation and a commemorative item will also be presented.
  • Recipients are expected to participate in a programme of events. In particular, award recipients maybe asked to attend the next Arrell Food Summit and other engagements.
  • If there are any disruptions related to the global pandemic a determination on the travel and accommodation component of the award will be made some time in the future.


  • Citizens of any country are eligible for nomination, with no restrictions on gender, race, religion, creed or residency.
  • Nominations may come from private companies, academic institutions, governmental units, charitable foundations, and not-for-profit organisations. In the case of multiple nominations from a single organization, only the one with the latest date will be accepted.


The criteria for awarding the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards are as follows:

  • The individual or group being nominated will have made exceptionally significant and documented contributions to either the scientific understanding related to food production, distribution and sales or human nutrition/consumption; and/or at the community level in markedly improving nutrition, including access to, or distribution of food.
  • The nomination package must clearly demonstrate how the individual or group being nominated played a critical leadership role in achieving the above noted contributions.
  • Recipients must be able to attend the award ceremony and ancillary events.


The nomination package must clearly demonstrate how the individual or group being nominated played a critical leadership role in achieving the outcomes, and must include the following:

  • Information on the nomination (suggested length – up to one page):
    • Nominee’s name(s), current position, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number.
    • Which award (“research” or “community”) they are being nominated for.
    • The name and contact details of the organization submitting the nomination.
    • An endorsement by a senior official (President, Vice-President, Managing Director, Chief Executive, Chair, Dean) of the nominating organization, verifying the accuracy of the information and endorsing the nominee(s) as the only nomination from the organization.
  • Nomination statement (suggested length 3-5 pages):
    • Description of the nominee’s achievement in terms of the science of food or for contributions at the community level.
    • Description of the impact of the nominee’s contribution.
    • Cross referencing to the letters of support and additional documents as described in the next two points.
  • Letters of support from up to 3 individuals and/or organizations who know the nominee’s work, but are not directly associated with the nominee’s work or organization (suggested length up to 4 pages).
  • Additional documents that could include: articles describing the nominee’s contributions and/or the impact of her/his/their work; other awards and recognitions; publications by or about the nominee that directly relate to their contribution (suggested length up to 5 pages).

Additional requirements:

  • In total, nomination packages must be no longer than 15 pages, and should be presented as one document in portrait or landscape format. Cover emails will not be considered by the adjudicators.
  • All documents must be submitted by March 10, 2023 in Adobe (.pdf) format to [email protected] and this is also the address for any inquiries.

For more information, visit Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards.