Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award

Purpose: To honor an IFT-member industrial scientist or team of industrial scientist(s) who have made a major technical contribution or significant advancement in the application of food science and technology.

Award: $3,000 honorarium and a plaque from IFT (if a team wins each member of the team will receive a plaque and an equal share of the $3,000)

Eligibility:  The nominee(s) must have made one or more major technical contributions to the advancement of the food industry while a member of an industrial food organization. The development must have been successfully applied in actual commercial operation at least six months but no more than seven years before December 15 of the year in which the nomination is submitted. Nominees' contribution must have had a significant, measurable impact in areas such as production; development of new products, processes, or packaging systems; improvement of food safety and nutrition, etc.  Part of this success is the direct benefit of the scientists' contribution to consumers and to the profession of food science and technology.

Food research in industry is generally a team approach, making it difficult to assign credit for an outstanding technical accomplishment to one person or a small group. Nevertheless, if a team nomination is submitted, the nomination should identify the IFT member most responsible for making the project(s) a success along with the role of each team member. All team members must be IFT Members and limited to a maximum of 5.

Special Instructions: The Nomination Statement should describe, as much as possible, the development itself and its public health, scientific, technological and economic importance, and must not be more than four typed pages.

You must include prints describing the product or process, and sample of the product. Reprints should be limited to a maximum of four different articles, or a total of 20 pages.

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Nomination Statement Requirements:

  • Not to exceed four typed pages
  • Include educational background, professional affiliations, honors, and appointments of nominee
  • List offices held (IFT, section, division) and dates; committees served on (IFT, section, division) and dates; and other IFT activities
  • Explain why this individual should receive this award (refer to the “Eligibility” section in the award description as shown below)

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