President's Impact Awards & Academy: Prepare a Nomination

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Nominations for the 2021 President’s Impact Awards closed on November 12, 2020. Thank you for your nominations!

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.

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

What do I need before I can begin?

To prepare a nomination:

  • Ensure the nominee meets the eligibility criteria for the award
  • Review the selection process

Getting Started

  • Nominations for the 2021 President’s Impact Awards are now closed. Please check back in summer 2021 for information about the 2022 awards cycle
  • Please consult Learn About the Selection Process for detailed information about eligibility, nominations, and award adjudication
  • Involve and consult with the nominee while preparing the nomination package and other relevant supporting materials

Accessing the Online Nomination Form

During the nomination period, the online nomination form for the President's Impact Awards can be accessed from this page. The following information and materials will be needed to complete the online nomination.
  • Areas of Impact: Arts and Culture, Community Involvement, Inventions and Innovations, Economy, Education, Environment, Health, Entrepreneurship, Law, Professional Practices or Services, Public Engagement, Public Policy, and Quality of Life. Additional areas not covered in the list may be specified
  • Nomination for the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award: If Public Policy is among the areas of impact, indicate whether the nominee should also be considered for the Carolyn Tuohy Award. No additional materials are required. Note that a nomination for the Carolyn Tuohy Award may not be submitted independently; candidates must also be considered for the President’s Impact Award
  • Nominee Information
  • Nominator Information
  • Endorsement Form: An endorsement form for the PIA signed by the Dean, the Principal, the Vice-Principal Research or the Vice- or Associate Dean Research of the nominee’s academic division, as appropriate, is required. Electronic signatures are permitted.
  • Photograph of Nominee: A high-resolution headshot (minimum 300 dpi)
  • Nomination Dossier: A single PDF document containing the materials specified below

Preparing the Nomination Dossier

The nomination dossier is limited to a maximum of 50 pages. Please organize your nomination documents using the following headings and upload as a single PDF file.

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Nomination Summary
    • A one-sentence (20- to 25-word) proposed citation summarizing the contributions for which the nominee is being nominated, in the following format: “For (contributions that have impacted society beyond academia)”
    • A 250-word summary (on the same page) highlighting the impact of the nominee’s accomplishments, with reference to the following selection criteria.
      • Demonstrated, sustained impact(s) of the nominee’s research beyond academia
      • Benefits of the nominee’s achievements to society
      • Originality, scope and/or uniqueness of research impact(s)
  3. Nomination Letter
    • A nomination letter (maximum two pages) signed by a Department Chair, Academic Director, Vice- or Associate Dean Research, or Vice-Principal Research as appropriate. The nomination letter should emphasize how the nominee’s research accomplishments have resulted in a significant impact on society, and how this impact exceeds the scope and expectations of the nominee’s professional and/or clinical role(s). Nominations should focus primarily on the impact of research undertaken during their appointment at the University of Toronto.
  4. Detailed Description
    • A detailed description (maximum four pages) outlining the demonstrated and sustained impact of the nominee’s research beyond academia; the resulting benefits to society; and the originality, scope, and/or uniqueness of the impact of the research. The connection between the nominee’s research or scholarship and its eventual impact should be clearly elucidated.
    • If the nominee’s research impacts are the result of a collaboration, their specific contributions to the impacts should be clearly outlined.
  5. Curriculum Vitae
    • A curriculum vitae should be provided for the nominee. Please note that the dossier including CV is maximum 50 pages.
    • The CV should highlight the most relevant information possible about research and research impact. If the CV must be shortened to adhere to the dossier length requirement, you can indicate this fact and provide a link to an online full CV.
    • The CV doesn’t need to be the Canadian Common CV and there are no margin or font size specifications.
  6. Letters of Support (maximum two)
    • Letters of support from two referees (maximum two pages each) who are able to specifically comment on and assess the impact of the nominee’s research. Letters from referees external to the University of Toronto are strongly recommended, particularly letters from individuals outside of academia who can attest to the impact of the nominated work.
  7. Supporting Material
    • Up to three attachments (maximum two pages each) presenting material that assists in demonstrating the impact of the nominee’s research accomplishments.
    • Examples include: list of relevant contributions; media stories or opinion pieces; list of partners; links to screenshots of online materials/videos/websites (one link counts as one attachment); or outline of successful commercialization with marketing results.
    • Do not include additional letters of support, copies of publications, or patents as attachments.


  • 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