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The contest

Plant and Soil Nutrition international contest rewarding the two best projects with a € 60,000 grant each and with a one-year research contract

The international contest Innovation Awards Groupe Roullier is open to all universities and research laboratories and rewards the two best research projects relating to the Groupe Roullier’s fields of expertise in Plant Nutrition.

Each of the competition’s two winners will :

  • be given the opportunity to develop their agronomic research project during a one-year period in the host laboratory and in partnership with the Groupe Roullier,
  • receive a financial grant of up to €60,000 under the conditions set forth in Article 7 of the Regulations.

Five competition themes

The candidates' projects must fit into one of the competition’s 5 themes :

  • Plant Nutrition
  • Natural, plant, and marine substances
  • Soil life and soil science
  • Biostimulation and biocontrol
  • Biotechnology and plant engineering

Specific selection criteria

To select ten initial applications and then select the two winning projects, the members of the jury will pay particular attention to the following criteria :

  • The quality and scope of the scientific production
  • The originality of the scientific approach
  • The nature of the contribution to the Organiser's research, or to the development of the research
  • The contribution to researcher training
  • The importance of the contribution to the dissemination of science and technology

Read the competition rules


Project Steps

  • 01/10Contest entry opening
  • 31/03Applications deadline
  • 30/04Preselection of ten applications
  • 31/05Nomination of the two winners
  • 28/06Awards ceremony


  • How do I submit my application?

    To proceed to the submission of your project, head to the submission form page.

  • What is the deadline to submit my application?

    Each candidate shall submit his application before Saturday, March 31 23:59 (GMT+1).

  • What are the competition rules?

    You may find all competition rules of the Innovation Awards on the page dedicated to the competition rules.

  • Who is Groupe Roullier?

    Since 1959, the Groupe Roullier's teams have been meeting the real needs of industry in the sector. A major operator in Animal and Plant Nutrition for 57 years, the Groupe Roullier has always continued to develop its expertise and skillsets. To maintain its leadership in these domains, the Centre Mondial de l'Innovation was created in Saint-Malo, historical hometown of its first production unit, where all the skills involved in this innovation process are gathered on a single site with unique means, all skills implied in the innovation process.
    To get more information, head to the page dedicated to the innovation at CMI Roullier.

  • How can I highlight my application?

    It is possible, and highly encouraged, to support your application in a video where you may introduce your projet and/or yourself via the video application platform.
    Any document that may enhance your application's attractiveness (awards, accreditation of your research laboratory, ...) is also very welcomed.

  • Are the files that I submitted secured?

    Yes, all components of your application are secured via an encrypting process. Only the organizers and the jury will have access to it.

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The Jury

The two competition winners will be chosen in June by a panel of world-renowned scientists in the field of Plant Nutrition, as well as Nicolas Vermersch, General Director of the Centre Mondial de l'Innovation Roullier, and Jean Claude Yvin, R&D Director of Plant Nutrition.

Christophe SALON

Research Director at INRA & Director of GEAPSI Department - France

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Director Agronomic Institute of Campinas, Brazil

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Nicolaus VON WIREN

Director Department Molecular Plant Nutrition at Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany

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Jean-Claude YVIN

R&D Director of Plant Nutrition Groupe Roullier

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General Director Centre Mondial de l'Innovation - Jury President

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