Canada Gairdner Momentum Award

The Canada Gairdner Momentum Awards

The Canada Gairdner Awards celebrate the world’s best biomedical and global health researchers through a suite of annual awards.

About the Gairdner Awards

The Canada Gairdner Momentum Award annually recognizes 2 mid-career investigators (typically 10-15 years past their first independent research appointment) working in Canada who in their last 6 active years have produced exceptional scientific research contributions with continued potential for impact on human health. The Gairdner Foundation welcomes submissions from all areas of health research including but not limited to discovery, clinical, global health, and population science and translational research.

Successful nominees will have produced a focused, cohesive body of scientific research that has made a significant impact in health research. Consideration will also be given to a nominee’s contributions to the growth and enrichment of the Canadian research community.

Each award is valued at $50,000 and is for the personal use of the recipients.

Nomination Process

Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by others. 

Nomination Elements:

  • Nominee contact details and basic professional information;
  • Citation identifying the nominee's body of research (1-2 sentences);
  • Research Summary: summary of impactful research  performed/published in the last six years, and an explanation of the nominee's suitability for the award (1-2 pages);
  • List of Top 5 Publications or other material related to the research summary with a brief outline of the impact of each;
  • Short CV including training, positions, honours & awards, publication list (excluding abstracts) and significant contributions to the scientific community (5-10 pages).;
  • Names and contact information for 5-7 referees (approximately half of referees should be outside Canada).  Referees will be contacted by the Foundation if the nominee progresses to the second stage of adjudication.


Please submit nominations through the Gairdner Nominations Portal


Deadline: July 15, 2023

Notification on Advancement to Round 2: Early August, 2023


Potential nominators and nominees are encouraged to contact Research Awards & Distinctions at regarding Western Research support and coordination of your nomination.