John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award - 2024

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

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

About the Gairdner Awards

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes global research leaders who have used rational, scientifically based research to improve the wellbeing of those who are facing health inequities worldwide.

Successful nominees can be from any field of research that impacts global health and health inequity. The award my be given for a single significant discovery, or in recognition of outstanding researchers who apply rational scientific approaches to successful implementation, evaluation, and policy interventions. It may be shared by multiple recipients in any given year.

The award is valued at $100,000 and is for the personal use of the recipient(s).  An award citaiton and a medal will also be presented.

Nomination Process

Self-nominations are not accepted.  A nominator is required for a valid nomination submission.

A complete nomination includes the following required information:

  • Nominee details;
  • Short CV (10-20 pages);
  • Citation (max 150 words, 1-2 sentences);
  • Summary of research impcat and key contributions to global health (max 1000 words);
  • List of Top 5 Publications or other material related to the research summary with a brief outline of the impact of each and citation count/source;
  • Nominee in Context (max 1000 words)
    • Impact on the trajectory or foundational understanding of their field;
    • Other significant contributors or potential co-nominees for the work highlighted in the nomination;
    • Clarification of their individual contributions within collaborative projects and publications;
  • Letters of reference (max 3 pages each).
    • Provide 3-5 letters with objective evaluations of the candidate and their body of work..


Please submit nominations through the Gairdner Nominations Portal


Notice of Intent to Nominate: August 18, 2023 (email if you wish to have Western Research support and coordination of your nomination).

The final submission deadline is October 1, 2023.


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