Call for Proposals: 2021 Gairdner Programming in Ontario

Please Note: For the first round of the 2021 Call we are only considering digital events. Should this change for later evaluation rounds, this will be clearly indicated.


The Gairdner Foundation in partnership with the Krembil Foundation are working to promote excellence and involvement in science in the province of Ontario. We are issuing an open call to all scientific organizations, research institutions and universities for support of digital/virtual events in health research and medicine to be held in 2021.

Events should be unique, free or low cost to attendees, and represent the Gairdner dedication to excellence in research. We strongly encourage public engagement and will also provide in-kind communications and outreach assistance. French, English and bilingual programs are all eligible for this call.

This program is not intended to support annual meetings, administrative costs or as a research grant of any kind.

There are two event types we can support:
• Scientific Symposium
• Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel

Scientific Symposium

Programs that focus on recent scientific advances and bring extraordinary international science to Ontario, while highlighting the excellence of Ontario and Canadian researchers. Potential programs would largely be stand-alone scientific symposia on a current and growing area of life sciences and medicine.

Gairdner Global Perspectives Panel

Gairdner Global Perspectives Panels are a webinar series that showcase Canada Gairdner laureates alongside outstanding Canadian and international scientists to provide unique insights on a current, important topic in biomedicine or global health. Special emphasis on topics of wide relevance to the public, policy makers and a global audience.

We encourage the inclusion of public and student engagement at all events.


Applicants much 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 and we strongly encourage the inclusion of Gairdner Laureates and representatives where possible and appropriate.

The overall fund can be divided among selected proposals at the discretion of the Gairdner Foundation.

Proposals must be robust, inclusive and reach a significant audience. They also must include a proposed budget of how the funds will be spent.

There will be a post-event reporting requirement.


To be considered in the first round of evaluations, applications must be submitted by October 31, 2020. Further evaluations will be announced depending on the availability of funds. Decisions will be provided to applicants within 4 weeks of submission.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of Canadian researchers with a wide range of expertise and familiarity with the Canadian and Ontario research environments.