The mission of the Gairdner Foundation is to celebrate, inform and inspire scientific excellence around the globe.

The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research that impacts human health. Annually, eight awards are given: five Canada Gairdner International Awards for biomedical research, one John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, specifically for impact on global health issues, and two Canada Gairdner Momentum Awards, recognizing mid-career Canadian investigators.

The Gairdner Foundation believes in coming together to openly discuss science to better engage the public, understand the problems we face, and work together to find solutions. Since its founding, a number of outreach events and programs have been developed with the goal of inspiring the next generation of scientific innovators and fostering an informed society. By engaging in outreach programs across Canadas, The Gairdner Foundation acts as a convener with the public, policymakers and other stakeholders on the impact of science on our everyday lives.

By the numbers

The Canada Gairdner Awards recognize the world’s most creative and accomplished biomedical scientists who are advancing humanity and the world.

418Since 1957, The Gairdner Foundation has distributed 418 awards for outstanding scientific research.

40The number of countries that Gairdner awardees come from.

96The number of Gairdner awardees who have gone on to win the prestigious Nobel Prize.

Impact of your support


We celebrate excellence through our Canada Gairdner Awards

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We convene leaders through our international events

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We inspire the next generation of scientists

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