Since 2012 the portfolio institutional awards recognise excellence in institutional investors. The awards honour investors who are exemplary and forward thinking in how they manage their investments or a particular investment type or area in 10 categories. Only institutional investors are eligible for nomination; asset managers and other financial service providers are not eligible for nomination but can sponsor the event.

Each award category is judged by specially selected category juries, supervised by an academic panel.

The annual awards gala dinner is by invitation-only – for asset owners, investment consultants and sponsor representatives.