2024 Ontario Partnered Programming Call – SYMPOSIA

Brain molecular concept

Through our partnership with the Krembil Foundation, Gairdner is dedicated to showcasing and fostering excellence in health-related research in the province of Ontario. We are issuing an open call to partner with organizations, research institutions and universities in the fields of human biology and medicine for programs to be held in Ontario, with up to $25,000 in potential funding support.

Potential programs should be stand-alone scientific symposia on a current and growing area of human biology and medicine. These programs should focus on extraordinary international researchers, while highlighting the excellence of Ontario investigators.  We encourage the inclusion of public and student engagement at these events as well.

Events should be unique, free or low cost to attendees, inclusive and represent the Gairdner dedication to excellence in research. Please review Gairdner's commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA). We strongly encourage online engagement and will also provide in-kind communications assistance. French, English and bilingual programs are all eligible for this call. Post-program reporting is required.

This program is not intended to support

·        annual meetings,

·        administrative costs or

·        as a research grant of any kind.

Applications open August 7 to Ontario 10, 2023 (date extended)

Proposal Submission Portal



Applicants must recognize the program as a Gairdner Event, and uphold the Foundation’s policies of responsibility, leadership and equity. Programs will be developed in consultation with Gairdner staff. We support the inclusion of past  Gairdner Laureates and representatives where possible and appropriate, and can facilitate their participation.

Submissions will be evaluated by Canadian researchers with a wide range of expertise and familiarity with current research environments. The overall fund will be divided among selected proposals at the discretion of the Gairdner Foundation.

For any questions or if you need any support or capacity building in completing your application, please contact Sarah Devonshire at sarah@gairdner.org