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Awards and Recognition

IFT recognizes the many accomplishments that individuals and organizations have made to advance food science and the food industry and to help provide safe, affordable, and nutritious foods to the world.  To honor these individuals and organizations, the IFT Awards Program was created. We grant awards, fellowships, and prizes for outstanding accomplishments in all areas of food science and technology, administering 14 Achievement Awards, the Marcel Loncin Research Prize, and the IFT Fellows program.

NEW AWARD: Trailblazer Award & Lectureship
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) are pleased to announce the formation of the Trailblazer Award.  Jointly bestowed by the Academy and IFT, the Trailblazer Award recognizes exceptional leaders who have advanced the science at the nexus of nutrition, dietetics, and food science. IFT will present the inaugural award in June at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®.

The award is conferred upon a leader, preferably a joint member of the Academy and IFT, who has demonstrated innovative contributions among underserved populations through at least one aspect of food science and technology, and has exhibited intellectual courage in research, instruction, and communication.   The Trailblazer recipient will be granted $2,500 and a lectureship. Nominations may be made by both members of the Academy and IFT. Nominations for the 2014 Trailblazer Award will open February 3, 2014 and close on March 14, 2014

IFT Achievement Awards honor outstanding individuals, teams, and organizations for contributions to the profession of food science and technology.

IFT Fellows  
Election as an IFT Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred for outstanding and extraordinary contributions in the field of food science and technology.

Congressional Support for Science Award  
This award is presented each year to two members of the United States Congress in recognition of their efforts and achievements in making food-related policies that are based on sound science.

Feeding Tomorrow Scholarships
Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of IFT, awards over 100k in scholarships annually to the most outstanding food science students.

Kiyoko Kubomura

“I will never forget being elected an IFT Fellow- it was certainly the highlight of the year for me.”

Kiyoko Kubomura
, IFT Fellow 2008