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Award Programs


The ILSI North America Future Leader Award, given annually to promising nutrition and food scientists, allows new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research that might not receive funding from other sources or add to an existing project. Consideration will be given to individuals proposing research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science. Grants extend for a period of 2 years at a funding level of $15,000 USD per year. Funds may not be used for overhead or to support the investigator's salary. The 2015 award recipients will be selected in late 2014, with funding to begin by early 2015. Submission deadline for the 2015 award is 20 June 2014.  For more information, please contact Courtney Kelly McComber at​ or click here. 

2014 Future Leader Award Recipients
Jason Locasale,PhD
Cornell University
"Quantitative modeling for biomarker assessment of carbohydrate metabolism"
Tiffany Weir
Colorado State University
"Identifying genomic and microbiome influence on response to dietary interventions for improved lipid parameters"

2013 Future Leader Awar​d Recipients


Julie Gohlke, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
"Nutrition-toxicity interactions in Daphnia pulex, developing an alternative model organism for early life exposures"

Joann McDermid, PhD
Cornell University
"Forging an understanding of the double-edged iron sword and immunity"




The Babcock-Hart Award is given to an individual who has made distinguished contributions to food technology resulting in improved public health through some aspect of nutrition or development of more nutritious foods. The winner receives a check for $3,000 USD, which is presented at the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists ( For more information, please contact ​Courtney Kelly McComber at​​​.

2013 Babcock-Hart Award Recipient​

Richard Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD,
Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine


2012 Babcock-Hart Awa​rd Recipient

Richard Black, PhD
Kraft Foods Global 



The Mary Swartz Rose Memorial Graduate Award is given to a promising graduate student working toward a doctorate in dietetics. Although ILSI North America provides the funding ($2,500 USD), the award is administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetice ( For more information, please contact Courtney Kelly McComber at​​​.

2013 Mary Swart​z Rose Memorial Graduate Award Recipient

Hang Xiao, PhD
University of Massachusetts – Amherst

2012 Mary Swartz Rose Mem​orial Graduate Award Recipient

Katie Smith
Iowa State University, Ames


The Osborne and Mendel Award is administered by the American Society for Nutrition ( This award is given in recognition of recent outstanding basic research accomplishments in the field of nutrition. The winner receives a check for $2,500 USD and an engraved plaque. For more information, please contact ​​Courtney Kelly McComber at ​​​.

2013 Osborne and Mendel Award Recipient

Robert Chapkin, PhD
Texas A&M University​​​
2012 Osborne and Mendel Award Recipient

Margherita Cantorna, PhD
Pennsylvania State University

The Movers and Shakers Award is given to ILSI North America members who consistently play key roles in bringing programs and projects of the organization to completion. Members receive a plaque and recognition at the ILSI North America Annual Meeting. For more information, please contact Courtney Kelly McComber at
2012 Movers and Shakers Award Recipients
Margaret Leahy, PhD
The Coca-Cola Company
Les Smoot
Nestlé USA