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The Gairdner Foundation

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on April 25, 2022 in Announcements

The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research impacting human health.

Major Awards

*NEW* Canada Gairdner Momentum Award                     
First Stage Nominations due JULY 15, 2022

Two $50,000 awards given annually

Mid-career investigators working in Canada who in their last six active years have produced exceptional scientific research contributions with continued potential for impact on human health. Submissions from all areas of health research welcome, including but not limited to discovery, clinical, global health, and population science and translational research.

Secondary and self-nominations both accepted.

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Canada Gairdner International Award                                   
Nominations due OCTOBER 1, 2022

Five $100,000 awards given annually

Awarded to outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine resulting in an increased understanding of human biology and disease.

The award is intended for seminal bodies of work, not cumulative lifetime achievement. Self-nominations not accepted for the International Award.

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John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award           
Nominations due OCTOBER 1, 2022

One $100,000 award given annually (can be shared)

Awarded for scientifically based research that has improved the health and well-being of those facing health inequities worldwide.

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Early Career Investigator Opportunity

2022 Gairdner ECI Award                                                            
Submissions due AUGUST 1, 2022

This call is open to all faculty and professionals at the Assistant Professor or equivalent rank working at Canadian institutions. Research must be connected to this year’s laureate fields.

Awardees are selected by the laureates, and will present their research as part of the Gairdner Science Week events in October 2022 and participate in a networking session with 2022 laureates. The talks will be broadcast live and recorded for YouTube distribution globally.

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On Hiatus

Canada Gairdner Wightman Award

The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award is currently on hiatus and is not accepting nominations.


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