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$100,000 The 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
InternationalSchottenstein Prize in Cardiovascular SciencesUSD $100,000This prestigious prize provides national and international recognition to a physician or biomedical scientist who has made extraordinary and sustained leadership contributions to improving healthcare; or who has successfully pursued innovative biomedical research with demonstrated translational benefits to patient care. Those honored will be practitioners and/or scientists whose accomplishments and contributions have taken place over a career of dedicated and focused scientific discovery.January 31, 2021