This Award is a lifetime achievement award given every year to eminent persons who have made great impact and outstanding contributions to agricultural research and development and for overall food security and sustainability of agriculture, with special reference to India. The award is open to all, irrespective of his/her nationality. This prestigious Award was instituted in 2004 in the honour of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, a great visionary and crusader, and the main architect of India's Green Revolution. The Award consists of a plaque of honour, citation, shawl and memento. Besides, expenses for travel and local hospitality towards attending and delivering the widely circulated Special Lecture during the Award Function are also met by the Trust.