President’s Impact Awards and President’s Impact Academy

What are the President’s Impact Awards?

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, quality of life, or through public engagement.

Who is this for?

Nominations are open to 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.

The University of Toronto 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.

What is the purpose of these awards?

The President’s Impact Awards aim 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.

What do I need before I can begin?

  • Ensure the nominee meets the eligibility criteria for the award
  • Nominations for the 2020 President’s Impact Awards are now closed. Please check back in summer 2020 for information about the 2021 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. Recognizing the breadth and depth of scholarship at the U of T, multiple President’s Impact Awards 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.

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

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.

Read about past laureates on the President’s Impact Academy page and in U of T News:

Relationship with the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

The Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award is one 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 both 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 and Honours

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