President's Impact Award & Academy

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The 2021 President’s Impact Award laureates have been announced! Please visit the President’s Impact Academy and U of T Celebrates to learn about this year’s winners and their impacts.

Who is this for?

Nominations are open to University of Toronto (U of T) faculty members with full-time academic appointments whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia. This includes tenure-stream, teaching-stream, and clinical faculty and status-only faculty with full-time academic appointments.

What do I need before I can begin?

  • Ensure the nominee meets the eligibility criteria for the award
  • Note that nominations are now closed. Please check back in summer 2021 for information on the 2022 awards cycle


The University of Toronto (U of T) President’s Impact Awards (PIA) celebrate and honour faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia; for example, on society, culture, public policy or law, practices or services, education, the development of products, processes or services from inventions, the economy, health, a profession, the environment, or quality of life, through public engagement, or through scientific or technological innovation which has been translated beyond the lab.

The PIA aims to recognize faculty members for demonstrable, sustained research impacts that may result from a single influential contribution or from an ongoing commitment to research translation.



Please note that nominations for the 2021 President’s Impact Awards closed on November 12, 2020. Please check back in summer 2021 for information on the 2022 awards cycle.

We encourage and welcome nominations of colleagues university-wide in the arts and humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and professional disciplines, whose outstanding impacts beyond academia may be recognized with this special U of T honour.

U of T recognizes that diversity is essential to the creation of a vibrant intellectual community that allows our researchers to maximize their creativity, contributions and impact. The President’s Impact Awards are therefore strongly committed to recognizing diversity in research impact and especially welcomes nominations of racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and impact.

Recognizing the breadth and depth of scholarship at the U of T, multiple PIAs may be awarded annually; the Selection Committee will seek over time to achieve a balance across disciplines and types of impact.

Nominations are prepared by Department Chairs, Academic Directors, Vice- or Associate Deans Research, or Vice-Principals Research and are to be endorsed by the nominee’s academic division.

Prepare a Nomination


Recipients are determined by a process of internal review and selection by a committee chaired by the Associate Vice-President, Research.

Learn about the Selection Process


President’s Impact Award winners receive a monetary award of $10,000 per year for five years to be used toward their research. Laureates are also designated by the University as members of the President’s Impact Academy, which advocates for sustained excellence in research and innovation impact within and outside of the University.

Relationship with the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

The Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award is one of of the Awards of Excellence, an award program stewarded by Alumni Relations on behalf of the U of T Alumni Association. Due to their common aim to honour research impact, the Carolyn Tuohy and President’s Impact Awards share the same nomination process and are adjudicated by the same committee. PIA nominees whose research impact is related to public policy may be considered for both awards, and the two may be won concurrently.


  • Provide guidance on the nomination process
  • Manage the online nomination form and selection process

VPRI Contact


Sarah Carson

Manager, University Awards & Honours
Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI)
(416) 978-7905

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