Nominations for the 2024 International and Global Health Awards are due by 11:59 pm PDT on October 1, 2023.
Nominations for the 2024 Momentum Awards are due by 11:59 pm PDT on July 15, 2023.
This are strict deadlines. Nominations received after this date will be considered for the following year.
The 2024 recipients will be announced in March 2024, and presented in October of 2024.
Submit a nomination
Anyone can nominate a Canada Gairdner awardee. Review our guides below, take a look at the FAQs and submit your nomination through our online nomination portal.
Are the nomination and adjudication processes confidential?Yes. All nominations and the adjudication process undertaken by the awards committees are completely confidential and those involved are not permitted to share any of the discussions held or decisions made.
How long are nominations viable?
Nominations are considered for five years following their initial submission. No action is required by the nominator for the file to be included during these five years, but the Foundation strongly encourages nominators to review and update their existing nominations each year prior to the October 1st deadline.
Can nominations be made posthumously?
No, the Gairdner Foundation does not give out posthumous awards.
Can I self-nominate?
Self-nominations are not accepted for the International Awards or the Global Health Awards.
Self-nominations are accepted for the Momentum Prize.
Who is allowed to nominate?
Nominations for all Gairdner Awards are open to any individual or organization who wants to submit an exceptional scientific researcher.
There are no limits to the number of nominations an individual, organization or institution can submit.
Who selects the Gairdner Award Laureates?
The awards are decided upon by committees of scientific peers relevant to the award’s area of focus.
The first committee is the Medical Review Panel, whose members are primarily Canadian researchers representing the breadth and diversity of the Canadian research community. The Medical Review Panel evaluates the pool of eligible nominations for the International Award and elevates a list of leading candidates to the Medical Advisory Board for further review.
The Medical Advisory Board is comprised of leading international researchers in biomedical science, including major institutional leaders and past Gairdner Laureates. The Committee strives to represent a wide range of experience, expertise and knowledge from the international scientific community. Medical Advisory Board members undertake a thorough review and discussion process for each elevated nomination, with the final decision being made by blind ballot vote.
The Global Health Award is selected by the Global Health Adjudication Committee, made up of leading researchers in those areas that are relevant geographically, socially and scientifically to the practice of Global Health, including past laureates of the Award. Global Health Adjudication Committee members undertake a thorough review and discussion process for eligible nominations, with the final decision being made by blind ballot vote.
The Momentum Awards are selected by the Momentum Award Adjudication Committee which brings together Canadian and international senior scientific research administrators and international mid-career research peers to evaluate the submissions for the Momentum Award. Committee members undertake a thorough review and discussion process for eligible nominations, with the final decision being made by blind ballot vote.
How are the prizes divided among winners?
Each of the five annual International Awards is given to an individual recipient, who receives the full prize amount ($100,000 CAD) for their personal use.
The annual Global Health Award can be given to one or more recipients, with each receiving an equal percentage of the full prize amount ($100,000 CAD) for their personal use.
Each of the two annual Momentum Awards is given to an individual recipient, who receives the full prize amount ($50,000 CAD) for their personal use.
How often are Gairdner Awards given?As of 2023, 8 awards are given annually by the Gairdner Foundation:5 International Awards1 Global Health Award2 Momentum Awards
How are the Awards different from each other?
The International Award recognizes researchers whose distinct and unique scientific body of work has fundamentally advanced our understanding of human biology and disease.
The Global Health Award recognizes researchers whose distinct body of work has used scientifically-based research to improve the wellbeing of those facing health inequalities worldwide.
The Momentum Award recognizes Canadian mid-career investigators (typically 10-15 years past their first independent research appointment) who in their last 6 active years have produced an exceptional body of scientific research with continued potential for advancing our understanding of human biology and disease.
What do the Gairdner Awards recognize?
All Gairdner Awards recognize a distinct body of research that has fundamentally changed the understanding, practice or trajectory of a field with relevance to human biology and disease.
The awards are not intended to recognize cumulative lifetime contributions, ongoing leadership roles or administrative work.
John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
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 field of research impacting global health and health inequity. The award is intended for research-focused candidates, not those primarily involved in administrative or advocacy roles. This award can be shared by multiple recipients at the discretion of the Foundation.
Quality nominations are essential to the evaluation process for this award. Packages should be accurate, current, and complete throughout the five year period of consideration. The nomination portal is open each year from mid-April- October 1 for edits, changes or additions by nominators.