Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

2016 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

Nominations for the 2016 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award are now closed (deadline was October 1, 2015. This is an annual award of $100,000 CND given to an individual scientist who has made "major scientific advances in any one the four areas of basic science, clinical science, or population or environmental health that have or have the potential to make a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world" for the 2016 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. 

The evaluation of the contributions of the nominees depends heavily on the quality of information supplied. Therefore, nominations should be accurate, detailed, current, complete, and with supporting letters reflecting the nominee's accomplishments.

Nominations for leadership and administration, however outstanding, do not fall within the parameters of this award. The award is directed towards a single recipient and cannot be shared.

The recipient will be announced on March 23, 2016 in Toronto, and be presented at the awards dinner on October 27, 2016. If you'd like to nominate someone for 2017 the deadline is October 1, 2016. 

Nomination Submission

  • Provide a  short introduction of about 150 words that describes the key role of the nominee in relevant scientific advances, with particular emphasis on the impact in the developing world.
  • Compare the work of the nominee with that of others in the field, and clearly articulate what distinguishes the nominee's work from other work in the field.
  • Present a brief biography including academic, administrative and research positions, awards or recognitions. Identify five top publications.
  • Provide the nominee’s full current curriculum vitae and bibliography and a contact sheet listing full position, titles, letters, business address, telephone number, fax number, email address and support-person contact.
  • Arrange for at least two (2) letters of support from international level colleagues familiar with the nominee's work, describing the nominee’s major contribution to global health. These letters of support are particularly valuablewhen analytically evaluated.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted. 
  • Gairdner does not give posthumous awards.

Selection Process

The Advisory Committee is comprised of 12-15 international experts in the field of Global Health who have a clear understanding of the basic, clinical population, and social science issues in global health. It is co-chaired by Dr. John Dirks (President & Scientific Director of Gairdner) and Sir John Bell (Regus Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, UK). The selection is submitted to the Gairdner Board of Directors for formal approval. 



The recipient is expected to participate in the National Program that takes place across Canada.

Upon notification, the award must be accepted by the recipient within a term decided by the Foundation, and be received in person by the recipient at the Canada Gairdner Awards dinner on October 27, 2016.

The Prize is valued at $100,000 CDN, and is for the personal use of the recipient. An award citation and a commemorative item will also be presented.

Awards are made to residents of any country without restriction of gender, race, religion, creed or nationality.

Expenses for travel and accommodation for recipients and their partners to accept the awards are paid by Gairdner. 

Nominations will be held for up to 3 years, but nominations should be updated annually.

All selections are final, and are not subject to review or challenge.

Please submit in electronic format (MS Word or PDF) to

Nominations for 2017 should be received no later than October 1, 2016. (Please note that this is a strict deadline date) Nominations received after this date will be considered the following year.



Nominations for 2017, must be received by October 1, 2016.
This is a strict deadline. Nominations received after this date will be considered the following year. Nominations for 2016 are now closed.