CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2023 Gairdner Alberta Programs

The Gairdner Foundation in partnership with the Alberta provincial government have an established fund for the promotion of science culture and achievement in the province of Alberta. We are issuing an open call to all scientific organizations, research institutions and universities in the fields of human biology and medicine for events to be held in Alberta in 2023.

Events should be unique, free or low cost to attend, and represent the Gairdner dedication to excellence in research. We strongly encourage online engagement and are also able to provide in-kind communications assistance.

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

Programs should fit into one of the three following streams:

Talent Development Stream (Up to $10,000) 

Programs that reach out to high school and undergraduate students to inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators. Potential programs could include competitions, guest speakers or student conferences.

Public Engagement Stream (Up to $15,000) 

Programs that translate extraordinary science into innovative, engaging and relevant programs for a lay audience, and encourage the growth of science culture and literacy in Canada. Potential programs could include public lectures, town hall events and panel discussions.

Celebrating Excellence Stream (Up to $35,000) 

Programs that focus on recent scientific advances and bring extraordinary international science to Alberta, while highlighting the excellence of Alberta researchers. Potential programs would largely be stand-alone scientific symposia on a current and growing area of human biology and medicine. We encourage the inclusion of public and student engagement at these events as well.


Applicants must recognize the program as a Gairdner Event, and uphold the Foundation’s policies of responsibility, leadership and 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.

Programs will be developed in consultation with Gairdner staff and we strongly encourage the inclusion of Gairdner Laureates and representatives where possible and appropriate. 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.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Devonshire at

Applications Due: October 15, 2022