The Grierson: Sheffields are in the categories of The Green Award, The Youth Jury Award and The Innovation Award.
The partnership kicks off this year at the November festival, with the new awards to be presented on Nov 10.
Heather Croall, festival director, said: 'Sheffield Doc/Fest has been looking for some time to introduce awards in the festival, and we are thrilled to partner with The Grierson Trust to give filmmakers a chance to win a Grierson: Sheffield. For films that make a difference, embrace innovative methods of production and storytelling or capture the imagination of a youth audience.'
More details on eligibility for the awards can be found at www.sheffdocfest.com.