Grupo Bimbo said the award is presented to two winners — a professional and a young scientist — in each of the four zones the company serves: the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America.
To qualify as a professional, individuals must have carried out unique, valuable research projects alone or as part of a team with at least five peer-reviewed publications in the past three years and have supervised postgraduates. They also must have taught and participated in activities promoting science.
Young scientists must have concluded a master’s degree a maximum of two years before publication date of the invitation for the award and must actively participate in scientific and/or technical research projects. They also must have at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
The professional award carries a cash prize of $5,000 for each zone, while the young scientist award has a cash prize of $2,000.
An independent scientific jury from each geographical zone, composed of researchers and experts in human nutrition, food science and technology, will rate the submitted projects on several criteria, including:
• The quality, content, and congruence of the proposal in relation to the disciplines set forth by this invitation,
• Scientific quality (i.e. adequate methodology, congruence between results, scientific questions studied and interpretation), originality and innovation in the studied area,
• The impact on and benefits to human nutrition of the corresponding region,
• The impact on and benefits to the industrialization processes of food products, according to the resources and needs of the corresponding region, and
• Relevance and satisfactory extent of the objectives set.
Award submissions should be registered by Oct. 15 at the award web site premiopanamericano.grupobimbo.com.