Social Impact

2014 Spotlight – Social Impact

  • We launched the Global Impact Award, a $150,000 annual prize recognizing groundbreaking solutions to social and humanitarian challenges.
  • Our third annual CUDA Achievement Award recognized a team at University of Illinois Urbana Champagne for the groundbreaking work it is doing to fight HIV with GPUs.
  • We launched efforts to identify and support India’s top parallel programming students.
  • The NVIDIA Foundation’s Compute the Cure initiative awarded grants to two researchers who are using GPUs to find new cancer treatments.


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NVIDIA technology has opened up new horizons in computational biology, health care, transportation, space exploration, entertainment and numerous other social and scientific arenas. Through strong partnerships with leading universities around the world, we help researchers break new ground and build a more diversified workforce of GPU experts and professionals. And through our charitable and volunteer work, we empower individuals and change lives.

Social Impact of the GPU

We awakened the world to the power of computer graphics more than two decades ago when we invented the GPU. Since then, GPUs have been used to treat disease and seek cures, predict tsunamis, tackle energy efficiency, and address hundreds of other complex social and scientific problems. GPUs break down multidimensional computing problems into many smaller tasks that run concurrently, which makes them well suited for the toughest jobs. Explore the numerous ways that GPUs impact lives in our Social Impact of the GPU website.

Academic Relations and Partnerships

We have forged close relationships with many of the world’s most respected universities and research institutions. Through NVIDIA Research, our academic partnerships explore challenging topics on the frontiers of visual, parallel and mobile computing and extend essential support to research projects. The numerous links between NVIDIA and academia allow us to collaborate with leading researchers, attract top talent through our internship and new graduate hiring programs, and continue to build connections with professors and research facilities that are working to solve the 21st century’s most complex scientific challenges.

For the eighth time running, an NVIDIA GPU accelerator-based system powered the winning team in a major international student cluster competition. Learn more.

NVIDIA Foundation and Corporate Affairs

We seek to expand our role in the communities where we work and do business through volunteerism, corporate giving, educational initiatives, health-focused programs and social innovation. Beyond the immediate impact on communities, our efforts also have longer-term objectives. We leverage our employees, partners, technology and financial resources to advance the fight against cancer and to help youth excel in learning. Our employees drive many of our community efforts, which create a culture of strong engagement. Learn more about NVIDIA’s efforts in the community.