The Bernard L. Oser Award has been awarded since 2000 by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). It is awarded to contributions to the scientific knowledge of food ingredient safety or for leadership in establishing principles for food safety evaluation or regulation. This award is named for Bernard L. Oser (1899-1995), a food science researcher who was involved in nutrition and food safety of ingredients. He also was IFT President in 1968-9 who the last surviving charter member of IFT in 1939.
Award winners received a USD 3000 honorarium and a plaque from the Bernard L. Oser Endowment Fund of the IFT Foundation.