The Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) supports and oversees nominations for Research Chairs and institution-led Awards and Honours.

Please review the eligibility criteria for each Award. For any questions, or to submit your name or a colleague’s name for consideration, contact

Also available is a searchable database of national and international Honours and Awards Opportunities , maintained by the University of Toronto Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation.

Sponsor TypeAward TitleAmount and DurationDescriptionDeadline
Other CanadianCouncil of Ontario Universities John Charles Polanyi Prize$20,000 Awarded to outstanding researchers in the early stages of their career who are continuing to post-doctoral studies or have recently started a faculty appointment at an Ontario university. In 2022, the prizes are available in the areas broadly defined as Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science.
For more information on the U of T competition or nomination process, please contact Sarah Pickering,

Applicants are to submit their application to their U of T graduate unit or the graduate unit where their supervisor is appointed by October 29, 2021.
Other CanadianRoyal Society of Canada (RSC): Various Awards--College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists: The College 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.
Eligibility: 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.

RSC Fellowship: The 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.
Eligibility: Individual scholars who are Canadian citizens or have been Canadian permanent residents for at least 3 years.

McLaughlin Medal: The medal is awarded for important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences, to recognize distinguished achievement in medical sciences in Canada.

If you would like to be considered for an RSC award(s), please let us know which award is of interest by email to
College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists: December 1

RSC Fellowship: December 1

McLaughlin Medal: Late March, 2022.

InternationalUS National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Membership--Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Currently, a maximum of 120 members may be elected annually. Members must be US citizens; non-citizens are elected as foreign associates, with a maximum of 30 elected annually. Nominations are accepted at any time from current NAS members based in the US.