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Canada Gairdner Awards

October 1 @ 10:00 am

About the Gairdner Foundation

The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research that impacts human health. Since its inception in 1957, the Gairdner Foundation has distributed 380 awards for outstanding scientific research, with 89 Gairdner awardees having gone on to win a Nobel Prize.

 Seven awards are given each year: five Canada Gairdner International Awards, one John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, and one Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. Laureates receive $100,000 that they can use as they wish, research or personal.

About the Awards

 The Canada Gairdner International Awardannually recognizes five outstanding biomedical scientists who have made original contributions to medicine with the goal of contributing through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease and contributed to the relief of human suffering. Nominees should be individuals whose “seminal discoveries and major scientific contributions constitute an original and significant achievement in biomedical science.” Nominations in the field of translational research are welcome. The award does not recognize a lifetime of work. Gairdner invites the scientific community to nominate qualified scientists from any branch of biomedicine.

 Guidelines for the Canada Gairdner International Award are at

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes the world’s leading researchers who have used rational, scientifically based research to improve the wellbeing of those facing health inequalities worldwide. While a single significant scientific discovery would continue to be sufficient evidence to select a nominee, the Award will also recognize outstanding researchers who apply rational scientific approaches to successful implementation, evaluation and policy interventions. Gairdner invites nominations from any branch of global health and health inequity.

 Guidelines for the Canada John Dirks Gairdner Global Health Award are at


The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award recognizes a Canadian health researcher who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership paired with exceptional science. Successful nominees demonstrate excellence in the health sciences at an international level as well as superior leadership among their peers, with local, national and international impact. Outstanding candidates at varied levels of career development are eligible.

 Guidelines for the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award are at


All Gairdner awards are valued at $100,000. Funds will be disbursed directly to the award winner for personal use.

Foundation Deadline

All Gairdner award nominations are due October 1, 2020.

For Further Information

For further information on these opportunities please visit the Gairdner awards website:

SIRI Support AvailableIf you are interested in submitting a nomination, please contact Abby Vogus, SIRI Specialist at  While anyone may nominate a Canada Gairdner awardee, the SIRI team is available to support nominations and would like to track nominations of York faculty.

  • Funder: Gairdner Foundation
  • Agency Deadline: Oct 01, 2020
  • Notes:If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please contact Abby Vogus, SIRI Specialist at