President’s Impact Awards – Selection Process

Who is this for?

Nominations for the President’s Impact Awards 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. Acknowledging the breadth and depth of scholarship at the University, we welcome nominations of faculty across all disciplines.

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.

What do I need before I can begin?

Note the nominations for the 2020 President’s Impact Awards are now closed. Please check back in summer 2020 for information about the 2021 awards cycle.

Eligibility

Nominations are open to U of T faculty members with full-time academic appointments and 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 primary focus of nominations should be on research impacts that have occurred while the nominee has held their appointment at U of T.

Please note that the President’s Impact Awards are not lifetime achievement awards. They recognize demonstrable, sustained research impacts that may result from a single influential contribution or from an ongoing commitment to research translation. The extent of the impact recognized should generally exceed the normal scope and expectations of the nominee’s professional and/or clinical role(s).

Nominators and Endorsers

The nominator may be a Department Chair, Academic Director, Vice- or Associate Dean Research, or Vice-Principal Research of the nominee’s academic unit or division as appropriate. As a rule, nominators are to be one administrative level above nominees; for example:

  • For a multi-department division, the nominator would ideally be the Department Chair
  • For a single-department faculty, the nominator would ideally be the Vice- or Associate Dean of Research
  • For hospital-affiliated faculty members, the nominator is to be a University of Toronto Department Chair, Academic Director, Vice- or Associate Dean Research, or Vice-Principal Research

To ensure that academic divisions are aware of nominations, all nominations are to be endorsed by a Faculty Dean, Principal, Vice-Principal Research, or Vice- or Associate Dean Research by completing an endorsement form that is uploaded as part of the online nomination. Electronic signatures are permitted.

Academic divisions will determine their own process for soliciting nominations, and there is no limit to the number of nominations endorsed by each division.

Please note that endorsers are to be one level above nominators; for example:

  • For a multi-department division, the endorser would ideally be the Vice-Dean or Vice-Principal Research
  • If the Vice-Dean or Vice-Principal Research is a nominator, then the Dean or Principal would be the endorser
  • For a single-department Faculty, the endorser would ideally be the Dean

Submission of Nominations

Nominations must be submitted online by the published deadline. Please see Prepare a Nomination, which outlines the materials that should be included in the nomination dossier and provides access to the online nomination form.

The nominator is responsible for compiling the required documents. Nominators may request guidance from their Divisional Awards Office or the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI).

Nominations for the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award

President’s Impact Award nominations for impacts related to public policy may be simultaneously considered for the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award, one of the University of Toronto Awards of Excellence, which is adjudicated alongside the President’s Impact Award and may be won concurrently.

To request that a nomination be considered for both awards, nominators can check a box in the online nomination form. No additional materials are necessary, but nominators should note that the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award selection criteria include “academic excellence as a teacher and scholar;” therefore, both teaching and scholarship should be addressed in nominations to be considered for both awards.

Selection Committee

Completed nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee assembled and chaired by the Vice-President, Research & Innovation.

The Selection Committee shall be composed of up to six internal U of T members, one alumna/alumnus, and one or two member(s) from other institutions. The membership of the Committee shall be made up of distinguished researchers and practitioners and shall be as broadly-based and diverse as possible. Past President’s Impact Awardees may be invited to serve as internal review committee members.

Selection Criteria and Adjudication

The Selection Committee will evaluate all nominees on the basis of clear and demonstrated evidence of significant impact of their research beyond academia. The following three broad criteria will be considered.

  • Demonstrated, sustained impact(s) of research beyond academia
  • Benefits of the nominee’s achievements to society
  • Originality, scope and/or uniqueness of research impact(s)

The Committee will be expected to reinforce standards of rigor, fairness, respect and equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the process.

Recognizing the breadth and depth of scholarship at the University of Toronto, it is expected that there will be more than one PIA awarded annually. The Selection Committee will seek over time to achieve a balance across disciplines and types of impact.

Renominations

Unsuccessful nominations are eligible to be submitted for consideration again in the year following their initial nomination. After this, the nominee must wait at least two years before resubmission.

A renomination requires a new submission with updated nomination materials. Revising the detailed description and providing updated letters of nomination and support are recommended.

VPRI Role

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

VPRI Contact

Sarah Carson
Manager, University Awards and Honours
416-978-7905
vpri.awards@utoronto.ca

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