Recognizing groundbreaking solutions to key social and humanitarian challenges.
Global Impact Award

The NVIDIA Global Impact Award is an annual award of $150,000 for groundbreaking work that addresses the world's most important social and humanitarian problems. It will go to a researcher or institution using NVIDIA technology to achieve breakthrough results with broad impact. This includes – but is not limited to – the areas of disease research, drug design & development, medical imaging, energy & fuel efficiency, weather prediction, natural disaster response and cyber security.

Our 2016 Global Impact Award recipient is Duke University Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Joseph Izatt and team’s winning work is bringing real-time 3D stereoscopic display to optical microsurgery.


Researchers, non-profit research institutions or universities based anywhere in the world may apply. Please note government institutions are not eligible. NVIDIA technology should have played a significant enabling role in the project. Multiple submissions from institutions and researchers are allowed.

Nomination Process

Candidates may be submitted by third-party or by self-nomination. The nomination form may be downloaded here. Endorsements from recognized experts in the relevant field of study will strengthen the nomination.


Candidates will be evaluated using several criteria, including innovation, social impact, public availability and effectiveness of results to date.


Key milestones are set out below:

Date Activity
Apr. 4, 2016 NVIDIA Global Impact Award application available
Dec. 9, 2016 Submissions due
Mar. 2017 Finalists announced
GTC 2017 Award recipient named the week of GPU Technology Conference

Additional Information

Finalists will be interviewed for potential coverage in NVIDIA's communication channels. They may have the opportunity to present their findings at NVIDIA-hosted events targeted at the research community. Award winners must be available to receive the prize in person at the 2017 GPU Technology Conference. Transportation and accommodations will be provided for one representative.


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Legal Disclaimers
Non-profit research institutions and universities, as well as individuals working with such organizations only, may apply. These organizations can be located anywhere in the world. The award will be given as an unrestricted gift to the university/institution affiliated with the award recipient and can be directed towards a department, initiative or project. NVIDIA is not responsible for any additional fees those organizations may charge as a result of the gift. Commercial organizations or employees whose relevant work was done in their employ are not eligible. NVIDIA reserves the right to promote material from the application in its own communications materials.