2023 Gairdner Early Career Investigator Competition


We invite early career investigators across Canada to submit an application to present their research as part of the Gairdner Science Week events in October.

Up to five investigators will be chosen to give 10 minute talks in association with the Laureate Programs in Toronto on October 25 & 26, 2023, to participate in a follow-up networking session with 2023 laureates and to attend the 2023 Awards Gala on October 26, 2023 (travel and hotel provided). The talks will be broadcast live and recorded for YouTube distribution globally.

This is a competitive process, with the finalists being selected by the laureates themselves. 

Applicants must indicate one of the following laureate options as their intended match:

Bonnie BasslerMichael SilvermanPeter Greenberg     

Quorum sensing, bacterial biology 

Demis HassabisJohn Jumper     

Protein structure prediction, artificial intelligence in research

José Belizán     

Perinatal health, evidence-based interventions, community inclusion in research

Christopher Mushquash     

Culturally- and contextually-led research and interventions, mental health and substance abuse

Gelareh Zadeh     

Brain tumour biology, treatment and early detection


Submissions should include a 2 minute video proposal for your research presentation, plus a 100 word summary explaining how your science relates to one or more of this year’s laureates and what you hope to learn from your interactions with them. If you wish to use slides in your video we request no more than two (2) be included.

This call is open to all faculty and professionals at the Assistant Professor or equivalent rank.

Interested in attending an info session regarding this competition? Sign up HERE

Only one submission allowed per individual.

Submission Due Date                August 15, 2023             11:59 PM PDT


The Gairdner Foundation confirms its strong commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Throughout the activities associated with the Canada Gairdner Awards program and associated Canadian and Global outreach programs, Gairdner strives to engage and promote the active participation of individuals of diverse backgrounds and abilities and embraces diverse perspectives in research.

If you have any questions or have any accommodation requirements, please contact Sarah Devonshire at sarah@gairdner.org

Discover last year's award winning research by the 2022 Early Career Investigator Awardees