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To celebrate the best in sweetpotato research, we are extremely excited to announce our annual Sweetpotato Science Paper competition for 2023. Established through a generous endowment from Dr. Jan Low, CIP offers a $500 award presented to the lead author of the publication and intended to be split among the co-authors.

The research must have been published in 2022 and the authors may be CIP scientists, or any CIP staff linked to a CIP or non-CIP project/program aimed at improving sweetpotato in low- or middle-income countries. To be considered, please submit a PDF file of your paper by email to Ms. Lilia Salinas ( and a cover letter addressed to Ms. Joyce Maru, Chair of the Selection Committee ( providing the official citation where the article was published. Please also include the name, age, sex, job title, institution, mailing address, email address and contact phone number of each co-author.

If the award is not to be split equally among the co-authors, the percentage going to each author (based on level of contribution) should be specified in the cover letter. Only published papers will be considered. Note that papers with Dr. Jan W. Low as lead author will not be considered, but those having her as a non-lead author may be considered. 

The deadline to receive applications is 20 November 2023. The winner will be announced in December.  

We kindly request that all submitting authors register with Research Gate (free of charge) before applying. The papers will be evaluated by Ms. Joyce Maru and Drs. Thiago Mendes and Vivian Polar. If you have questions, please contact Lilia Salinas at

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