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P3 Impact Award

The P3 Impact Award was created by Concordia, the University of Virginia Darden School Institute for Business in Society, and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships to recognize and honor leading public-private partnerships (P3s) that improve communities and the world. Inaugurated in 2014, the P3 Impact Award is presented each fall at the Concordia Annual Summit in New York, New York*. The award seeks to highlight leading practices and actionable insights in the P3 arena. For this award, a P3 refers to any cross-sector collaboration that features public, private, nonprofit, or non-governmental organizations and addresses societal problems.


*In 2020, for the 10th annual summit, concordia launched a five-day, fully digital Summit, where the 7th annual p3 impact award was presented.

The application for the 2021 P3 Impact Award is now closed. 

*Semi-Finalists will be notified if they have advanced to the final round the week of July 6th.*



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Each year, the P3 Impact Award team appoints an independent panel of P3 experts to review and assess applications based on the award criteria. The judges assess the applications based on the partnership’s operational structure, measurable social impact, financial effectiveness, innovation, and scalability. To view previous P3 Impact Award judges, please see the section below.


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The P3 Impact Award winner receives a series of benefits ranging from recognition to visibility to connections with high-level networks. Benefits include: 

  • Concordia’s high profile platform to present their work to an international community
  • A scholarship to a University of Virginia week-long Executive Education course 
  • Gifted Concordia Patron Membership (1 per partnership)
  • Access to the expansive networks of each organizing entity to identify individuals, organizations, industries, and geographies that may be able to foster potential partnerships and scale impact.


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The 2021 application period will be open January 19 – April 12, 2021. Following an initial evaluation that determines 10 semi-finalists, independent judges will then score each submission based on criteria required on the application form. These are then combined to create an overall score for each entry, with the 5 highest scoring entries comprising the P3 Finalists. Applicants will be notified of their progress in May (semi-finalist stage) and July (finalist stage). The winner will be announced at the 2021 Concordia Annual Summit in September. 


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The P3 Impact Accelerator program is designed to help advance early-stage partnerships who may need support and guidance as they continue to work on achieving positive social impact. Specific partnerships who will not advance as finalists, as identified by the organizers, will be invited to participate in the Accelerator.

2020 P3 Impact Award Winner

Congratulations to the 2020 P3 Impact Award, the Eye Bank of Ethiopia’s Elimination of Corneal Blindness Partnership!


About Eye Bank of Ethiopia Elimination of Corneal Blindness (EBE)

More than 12 million people worldwide suffer needlessly in the dark because of corneal blindness, making it one of the world’s leading causes of avoidable blindness, especially in low-and middle-income areas, such as Ethiopia where approximately 300,000 people are affected by corneal blindness. Eliminating corneal blindness requires patient access to good-quality, affordable eye care across all stages of life, the integration of corneal health services into primary healthcare systems, and access to transplant tissue. EBE, a public-private partnership between the Ethiopia Ministry of Health, SightLife, and the Himalayan Cataract Project, aims to serve as a model for development throughout Africa via the establishment of the first eye bank in sub-Saharan Africa, which will utilize global best practices, ensure a steady supply of tissue to the country, and drive cornea health system policy enablers. Since the initiation of the partnership, the EBE has met 100% of the demand for corneal tissue in Ethiopia and has completed 2,400 transplants with 70% of transplants being successful after 5 years.

P3 Impact Award Applicant Locations (2014 - 2020)

Previous P3 Impact Award Judges