Canada Gairdner Momentum Award

The Canada Gairdner Momentum Awards

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

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

First Submission Stage

The initial nomination can be submitted by the nominee. Self-nominations must provide the contact information and signed consent of the sponsor who is willing to support the nomination at the 2nd submission stage should the nominee advance. 

A First Stage nomination includes the following required information:

  • Nominee contact information and employment details;
  • Nominator Sponsor contact information;
  • Confirmation of Nomination Sponsor consent;
  • Summary of research impcat and contributions for the last 6 years (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.

First Stage Deadline: July 15, 2022

Second Submission Stage

The Second Stage nomination must be submitted by the Nomination Sponsor indicated in the First Stage.

Nominations selected to advance to this stage will receive an invitation by August 15, 2022 to provide the following additional information:

  • Nomination Sponsor statement of support (one page);
  • Suggested Citation (1-2 sentences);
  • Comparative analysis of nominee's impact in their field with context for their nomination relative to their colleagues (one page);
  • Letters of Support from 2-3 external referees.  International supporters are strongly encouraged.

First Stage Deadline: October 1, 2022


Please submit nominations through the Gairdner Nominations Portal


First Stage Deadline:  July 15, 2022

Second Stage Deadline (if invited to the Second Stage): October 1, 2022 


Julaine Hall
Research Development Consultant, Awards & Distinctions
Telephone: 519-661-2111 (ext. 87970)