Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) Prize 2022 (up to CHF 5,000)

Deadline: July 14, 2022

Applications are open for the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) Award 2022. The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual award to graduates and scientists from a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research For the development.

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) is an informal multi-stakeholder group of Swiss institutions and individuals interested in agricultural research for development (ARD). Members come from research institutions, NGOs, the private sector, farmers’ organizations and government agencies, as well as individuals.


The SFIAR intends to reward new, innovative and results-oriented research. Recent accomplishments or milestones can be assigned, but no future plans or project proposals.

The thematic scope of the award is broad. Any research falling within the following definition of ARD given by the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) can be submitted:

“ARD is multidimensional research that addresses the challenges of agricultural development in developing and emerging countries (DEC). The agricultural area includes crop production and livestock, agroforestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agro-industry and related businesses, issues related to animal and human health, as well as the sustainable management of sources on which agriculture depends and the socio-cultural and biodiverse conditions. the landscapes, food systems and ecologies in which it is embedded. ARD provides knowledge and technological, economic and institutional innovations contributing to sustainable development. It encompasses research of national and international public good character, as well as research that produces private gains.


  • The best doctoral project wins CHF 5,000.- and the best Master’s thesis project CHF 1,000.-.


Are eligible for the SFIAR prize research that:

  • Is within the thematic framework.
  • Has been completed preferably less than three years ago, or is ongoing with recent achievements/milestones (for Master’s Thesis Award: Master’s Thesis submitted preferably less than 18 months ago).
  • Was produced in or in close collaboration with a Swiss institution.
  • Involved partners (institutions and/or individuals) located in developing countries.
  • Covers at least one of the following characteristics:
    • partnership, on-farm awareness, production and impact.
    • product development (or stages thereof).
    • tool or instrument that can be applied in the local context.

Selection criteria

The main selection criteria are:

  • research quality
  • demonstration of potential for development impact
  • compliance with the criteria defined under “Scope”
  • presentation


Applicants must complete the application form and provide the research summary (maximum 2 pages, including illustrations) and other documents mentioned on the form in English, French or German.

Applications that do not meet the formal requirements will not be considered. The application deadline is July 14, 2022.

Click here for the application form

For more information, visit SFIAR Award.

Lana T. Arthur