Gairdner Week Early Career Investigator Competition


The Canada Gairdner Foundation


The Canada Gairdner Foundation invites early career investigators across Canada to submit an application to present their research as part of the Gairdner Science Week virtual events in October. The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research that impacts human health.


Applicants must be faculty or professionals at the Assistant Professor or equivalent rank in Canada.


Four investigators will be chosen to give 15 minute talks in association with the Laureate Lectures on October 28, 2021 and to participate in a networking session with the 2021 laureates. The talks will be broadcast live and recorded for YouTube distribution globally.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

If interested in applying, please email as you start to prepare your application. Please complete the online application by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the completed application to

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a 100 word summary of your research presentation, plus a two (2) minute video explaining how your science relates to one or more of this year’s laureates and what you hope to learn from your interactions with them in addition to an application form. Please see the online application for more details. 

As you start to prepare your application, please email to notify us of your intent to apply.

Please submit the online application by the external deadline. Also send a completed application to by the external deadline. 

For More Information

Please contact or if you require any further information.

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