Checklist for Preparing a U of T President’s Impact Award Nomination

Submission of a nomination:

  • Nomination deadline: 31 October 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please check with divisional awards offices for internal deadlines.
  • Nomination packages should be submitted online at
  • Nomination packages should include evidence that is specific to the nominee’s underpinning research and to the type of impact that had occurred.
  • Nominees should be involved in the process of preparing the nomination package, and should be consulted with regard to letters of support and other relevant supporting materials.

Online submission will require the following:

  1. Online Nomination Form
    Please provide the following information online:
    • Areas of Impact: Indicate the areas of impact most relevant to the nomination from the provided checklist. Options include 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 AwardIf Public Policy is among the areas of impact, indicate whether the nomination should also be considered for the Carolyn Tuohy Award.
    • Nominee Information: Name and contact information of nominee, including academic title, division (Faculty or Campus) and unit, and nominee’s full University mailing address with phone number.
    • Nominator Information: Name and contact information of the nominator who prepared the nomination file including academic title, division (Faculty or Campus) and unit, and full University mailing address with phone number.
    • Endorsement Form: An endorsement form is required 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.
      • Please use the following file naming convention:
        NomineeLastNameFirstInitial_endorsement.pdf (e.g., SmithJ_endorsement.pdf)
    • Photograph of nominee: High resolution headshot (minimum 300dpi)
      • Please use the following file naming convention (file types .jpg or .png):
        NomineeLastNameFirstInitial_photo.jpg or .png (e.g., SmithJ_photo.jpg or SmithJ_photo.png)
  1. Nomination Dossier (maximum 50 pages):
    • Please use the following file naming convention:
      NomineeLastNameFirstInitial_dossier.pdf (e.g., SmithJ_dossier.pdf)
    • Please organize your nomination documents using the following headings and upload as a single pdf:
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Nomination Summary
        • A one-sentence (20-25-word) proposed citation for the award (i.e., the President’s Impact Award should be awarded to the nominee “for ____________”).
        • 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, focusing 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 achievements beyond academia; their benefits to society; and the originality, scope, and/or uniqueness of the impact of the research. 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
        • Nominee’s curriculum vitae (please note that the nomination dossier including CV is maximum 50 pages).
        • The CV should emphasize the nominee’s research impact beyond the academy and should include evidence that is specific to the nominee’s underpinning research and to the type of impact that has occurred.
        • The CV need not be the Canadian Common CV and there are no margin or font size specifications.
        • If the CV must be shortened to adhere to the dossier length requirement, indicating this fact and providing a link to an online full CV are permitted.
      6. Letters of Support (maximum two)
        • Letters of support from two external referees (maximum two pages each) who are able to specifically comment and assess the impact of the nominee’s research. Letters from referees external to the University of Toronto are 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):
        • Two page maximum for each attachment.
        • Material not already included in CV 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 copies of publications or patents as attachments.

Further information

Enquiries regarding the U of T President’s Impact Award should be directed to Sarah Carson, Manager, University Awards & Honours, Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation at or 416-978-7905.

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