The University of Guelph (abbreviated U of G) is a comprehensive public research university in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. It was established in 1964 after the amalgamation of Ontario Agricultural College (1874), the MacDonald Institute (1903), and the Ontario Veterinary College (1922), and has since grown to an institution of almost 30,000 students (including those at the Humber campus, Ridgetown campus, off-campus degree enrolments, diploma enrolments and part-time students) and employs 830 full-time faculty (academic staff) as of fall 2019. It offers 94 undergraduate degrees, 48 graduate programs, and 6 associate degrees in many different disciplines.

The veterinary medicine program at the University of Guelph was ranked No. 1 in Canada and No. 5 in the world in 2021. The University of Guelph is ranked No. 4 in Canada in Maclean’s “University Rankings 2021” in the Comprehensive category, No. 1 in student satisfaction and No. 1 in research dollars. The university conducts a significant degree of research and offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. It is given top marks for student satisfaction among medium-sized universities in Canada by The Globe and Mail. The Ontario Agricultural College is ranked No. 1 in Canada for Agricultural Science, and helps put the University of Guelph 18th in the world for Food Science and Technology. It has held these rankings with its reputation, innovative research-intensive programs, and lively campus life cited as particular strengths. According to the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, the university’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program has Canada’s highest research index. The University of Guelph has also been ranked 50th by Times Higher Education in its list of the top 100 universities under 50 years old. The university has a key focus on life science and has ranked 76–100 in the world by ARWU.

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.




  • 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 the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph.
  • An award citation and a commemorative item will also be presented.


  • 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 organizations. 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 our 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.
  • The nomination package should not be a proposal or a request for funding.
  • Nominees must be able to attend the award ceremony and ancillary events.
Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

  • Academic institutions, governmental units or private / public organizations may submit a nomination for the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards. Each organization may submit one
    application for each award. Nomination packages are strictly confidential and the identities of nominators, nominating organizations and nominees are kept in strict confidence, except for the winners. Self-identified demographic information will be collected to monitor their ongoing efforts to consider the full range of human achievement. 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.o 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.
  • How or where you found out about the award.

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

** All documents must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. ET on March 5, 2024 in Adobe (.pdf) format to [email protected] and this is also the address for any inquiries.

Application Deadline: March 5, 2024

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