The Canada Gairdner Awards


Canada Gairdner Momentum Award

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 which 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.

Quality nominations are essential to the evaluation process for this award. Nominations are active for the year of submission only and must be resubmitted in following years to be considered again. Two awards will be given each year. Awards cannot be shared.

Key Dates
The Momentum Award has a two-stage nomination process:

  • Initial submissions are due 11:59 pm PST on July 15 each year. Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by others.
  • Applications chosen to progress to the second stage will be notified by August 15 and final submissions are due on October 1 by 11:59 pm PDT
  • Recipients will be announced in the spring of the following year.


Stage 1 Submissions:
Due July 15, 2022

Stage 2 Submissions:
Due October 1, 2022

Awards will be announced in April 2023.