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Internal Awards

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is pleased to recognize the outstanding scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity across Ryerson University through the annual SRC Awards. The SRC contributions of our faculty significantly impact their disciplines and enhance the intellectual life of the university community. In recognition of these accomplishments, the OVPRI presents four honours annually, in addition to the Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award and the Deans’ SRC Awards.

Equity, diversity, inclusion and access are foundational to SRC activity at Ryerson University, and nominations should be submitted with these principles in mind. The honoured SRC contributions of our faculty follow the university’s commitment to advancing best practices as detailed in the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research guidelines, external link, opens in new window.

Collaborative SRC Award

The Collaborative Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) Award is a university-wide, annual award presented to a researcher or researchers who have demonstrated excellence in an SRC project undertaken with a multi-disciplinary or multi-institutional team. This recognition will be awarded to a researcher who excels at creating and maintaining SRC collaborations with industry, universities, hospitals or professional societies to facilitate research that effects positive change in their respective field(s).

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Early SRC Career Excellence Award

The Early Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) Career Excellence Award is a university-wide, annual award that recognizes an individual’s outstanding SRC activity in the first five years of their academic career, and who has made a significant contribution in their area(s) of expertise.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Award

The Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Award is a university-wide, annual award presented to one or more researchers who have demonstrated exceptional and outstanding effort in communicating research beyond the university and/or significant impact in shaping evidence-based policy and practice. This award recognizes the ability of the researcher(s) to facilitate conversations and collaborations with external organizations and communities, combining knowledge from different spheres of society to generate new ideas.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award

The Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award is presented annually to one or more faculty members who have made an outstanding contribution to knowledge or artistic creativity in their area(s) of expertise while employed at Ryerson. The contribution to SRC activity may be a long-term, cumulative contribution or a single, particularly insightful or seminal idea, experiment, application or interpretation.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $3,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

The Distinguished Scholar Award is made available through the joint contributions of professor emeritus Sarwan Sahota and Ryerson University.

Social Innovation and Action SRC Award

The Social Innovation and/or Action Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) Award is a university-wide, annual award that recognizes excellence in SRC initiatives done in collaboration with community partners, which lead to the strengthening of civil society either through program or policy impact(s). Projects may include a range of initiatives, such as corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, new ventures or process improvements within existing non-profit or government organizations in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, health, human rights, diversity and inclusion, violence prevention, peace building, sustainability, capacity building and/or engagement.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).