National Impact Award

The National Impact Award will be made for major contributions and accomplishments to the sweetpotato industry. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 honorarium supported by the Lamb Weston Potato Company and the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group.


The award will be made for discoveries, techniques, inventions, or materials that increase yield, improve quality, value-added food products, food safety, or environmental quality.

The focus will be on major accomplishments that have been adopted by stakeholders.

Nominators are required to be members of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group.

National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group Awards Committee members are eligible to be a nominator for this award.


National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group Awards Committee members are eligible to be a nominee for this award but must recuse themselves from committee action due to conflict of interest.

Nominees are required to be active or previously active members of National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group.

Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.

Former recipients of this Award are not eligible.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations can be made by using the form below and are due December 3 of 2021 to be considered for the 2022 National Impact Award.

National Impact Award Nomination

  • (Character Limit, including spaces: 2000)
  • List membership in professional, honorary, and academic societies. (Character Limit, including spaces: 1500)
  • List honors and awards received (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
  • Identify and briefly list the nominee's technical or nontechnical publications, patents, and efforts to develop or improve programs, practices, and products. List up to 12 of the most significant professional contributions of the nominee. (Character Limit, including spaces: 4500)
  • Describe the nominee's professional contributions (other than publications) and service to the profession on which the nomination is based and specific to the National Sweetpotato Research Award (Character Limit, including spaces: 4500)
  • In this section, summarize the primary achievements and evaluate the nominee's comprehensive skills, competencies, and qualifications for this award. Give the nominees impact in one or more of the evaluation criteria in the award description. (Character Limit, including spaces: 3000)
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 20 MB, Max. files: 3.
      Attach three letters of reference in pdf format testifying the candidate’s exceptional contribution(s) to sweetpotato enterprises and the positive impact for industry stakeholders.