The Office of Vice President Research and Innovation provides support and oversight for nominations to Research Chairs, major awards and honours.

Please review the eligibility criteria for each award. If you have questions, or wish to submit your name or the name of a colleague for consideration, please contact

In addition, the University of Toronto Research & Innovation Honours and Awards Opportunities Database includes a list of national and international awards and honours that are searchable.

Sponsor TypeAward TitleAmount and DurationDescriptionDeadline
CanadianAnticipated Announcement: CIHR Gold Leaf Prizes$100,000The Gold Leaf Prizes cover achievements across all pillars of research (biomedical, clinical, health services and policy, and population and public health) and will be awarded every two years. CIHR presents a Gold Leaf Prize to a researcher in each of the following categories:
- CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Impact: This prize is awarded to an individual or team for health research with a proven impact on health outcomes, practices, policies, and/or on the health system.
- CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Discovery: This prize is awarded to an individual or team whose research findings are unique, inspirational and break new ground, significantly influencing knowledge in their field.
- CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator: CIHR is committed to helping develop the next generation of great scientific minds. This prize is awarded to an investigator at the beginning of their career who shows great potential and is expected to continue to produce research of exceptional merit.
- CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Transformation: This prize is awarded for transformative leadership in a given CIHR priority area. In 2018, the prize was awarded for outstanding leadership in patient engagement.
NOTE: Nominations are put forward by Unity Health Toronto OVPRI. To be considered, individuals should submit their names to
Unity Health Deadline: September 8, 2020
CIHR Deadline: TBA
InternationalHarrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine$20,000 honorariumThe 2021 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine honours a physician-scientist who has moved science forward with achievements notable for innovation, creativity and the potential for clinical application.
- Nominee must hold an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent)
- Must be available to deliver a lecture at the AAP-ASCI-APSA Joint Meeting
- Must be available to participate in Harrington Discovery Institute Symposium
- Must submit a personal essay for publication in the Journal of Clinical Investigation
September 18, 2020
InternationalThe Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award ProgramUSD $150,000 for 3 yearsThis award aims to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.
- Nominee must be a woman working in the field(s) of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (STEM2D).
- Nominee must be working as an assistant professor (or global equivalent faculty position) and not yet be tenured at an accredited university, institution or design school.
NOTE: Each university / institution can support one applicant per STEM2D discipline
Unity Health Deadline: September 22, 2020
Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2020
InternalUnity Health Research AwardsThese awards are to recognize our top scientists, research staff, and trainees throughout the Network. It is also a great opportunity to acknowledge employees who have gone above and beyond during these challenging times.
All nominees will be recognized during research month.
- Legacy Awards: For an appointed mid or senior-career Scientist.
- Culture of Discovery Awards: For a Full- or Part-Time Research Staff Member.
- Excellence Awards: For a Trainee (Student/Postdoctoral Fellow).
NOTE: Winners will be chosen based on the quality/merit of the nomination, not solely on the number of nominations received for a single individual. Nomination should only be made for individuals and not for teams. For questions please contact Olivia Lavery at
September 30, 2020
CanadianCanada Gairdner Wightman Award$100,000The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award recognizes a Canadian health researcher who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership paired with exceptional science.
Eligibility: Successful nominees will demonstrate:
- Individual accomplishment and leadership in a specific field of biomedical sciences (basic, clinical, population health) in Canada and/or original and sustained contributions to that field at an internationally recognized level. Outstanding candidates at varied levels of career development are eligible.
- Institutional academic and scientific leadership in Canada leading to the establishment and development of biomedical research in Canada and internationally.
October 1, 2020
InternationalCanada Gairdner International Awards$100,000The Canada Gairdner International Award recognizes outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease. Nominations in the field of translational research are also accepted.
- The award recognizes seminal discoveries and major scientific contributions, rather than a lifetime of work.
October 1, 2020
InternationalJohn Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award$100,000The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes the world’s leading researchers who have used rational, scientifically based research to improve the wellbeing of those facing health inequalities worldwide. While a single significant scientific discovery would continue to be sufficient evidence to select a nominee, the Award will also recognize outstanding researchers who apply rational scientific approaches to successful implementation, evaluation and policy interventions.
- Nominations are invited from any field of research impacting global health and health inequity.
- The award is intended for research-focused candidates, not those primarily involved in administrative or advocacy roles.
- This award can be shared by multiple recipients at the discretion of the Foundation.
October 1, 2020
InternationalJames Prize in Science and Technology IntegrationUSD $50,000The prize honors outstanding contributions made by researchers who are able to adopt or adapt information or techniques from outside their fields, and thus integrate knowledge from two or more disciplines (e.g., engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, biomedicine, geosciences, astronomy, or computational sciences) to solve a major contemporary challenge not addressable from a single disciplinary perspective.October 5, 2020
CanadianUniversity of Toronto President’s Impact Awards$10,000 per year for 5 years to be used toward researchThese annual awards celebrate and honour faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia.
- Nominations are open to faculty members with full-time academic appointments and whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia. This includes tenure-stream, teaching-stream, clinical faculty, and status-only faculty with full-time academic appointments.
- Nominations should be led by a Chair, Academic Director, Vice- or Associate-Dean, Research, or Vice-Principal, Research as appropriate, and must be endorsed by the nominee’s academic division.
- Nominees whose research impact is related to public policy may be simultaneously nominated for the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award
November 12, 2020
InternationalDan David PrizeUS$ 1 millionThe Dan David Prize is an international award, endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University.
- Nominated individuals or organizations should have made a singular achievement or a series of achievements and continue to make a unique, profound contribution, on a global scale, in one of the selected fields for the year in which the nomination is being made.
- Three fields are chosen each year to correspond with three "time dimensions" representing realms of human achievement and experience. The Past refers to fields that expand knowledge of former times. The Present recognizes achievements that shape and enrich society today. The Future focuses on breakthroughs that hold great promise for improvement of our world.
- This year’s themes are: Past: History of Health and Medicine; Present: Public Health; Future: Molecular Medicine.
November 30, 2020
CanadianRoyal Society of Canada (RSC) - College of New Scholars, Artists and ScientistsThe College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. The membership enables the participation of early- and mid-career faculty in the activities of the RSC.
- Candidates must be no more than 15 years from the conferral of the PhD or equivalent qualification. The criterion for nomination shall be excellence, which is understood to encompass the goals of diversity and inclusivity to which the RSC is committed, and to which the membership of the College is expected to exemplify in terms of discipline, gender, ethno-racial diversity, Aboriginality, and official languages.
- Members of the College are named for a period of seven years.
- Nominations are valid for one award cycle; resubmissions allowed.
NOTE: Nomination form is now open.
December 1, 2020
CanadianRoyal Society of Canada (RSC) FellowshipThe fellowship recognizes leaders is research and innovation with exceptional intellectual achievements that have been demonstrated through a body of publications, intellectual endeavours or creative activities exhibiting original contributions in the arts, humanities or sciences, as well as in public life.
- Individual scholars who are Canadian citizens or have been Canadian permanent residents for at least 3 years.
- Fellows are elected to one of three Academies: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, or Science
NOTE: Competition will open from September 1, 2020.
December 2, 2020