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Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) provides critical support to local health research by fundraising to attract the best resources available to bolster their leading-edge work.

Whether it’s talent, equipment, training, or space, DMRF exists to strengthen this research to positively impact health outcomes regionally, nationally, and internationally. Collaboration is vital to our success and we nurture strong relationships with research institutes locally, and across geographic borders, who share our quest for innovative outcomes. Our Board of Directors includes local, national, and international members who enhance our ability to have greater depth of knowledge, expertise, and diversity. Our members care passionately about health research and its potential to improve the health outcomes of people in this community and beyond.

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We raise funds to support excellence in health research at Dalhousie University, affiliated health care institutions, and local health research enterprises, resulting in transformational impacts on whole human health.

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To be a bold and innovative leader in advancing life-changing health research in the Maritimes, across the country, and beyond.



Integrity, transparency and accountability


Inspiring excellence


Entrepreneurial thinking


Partnership and a collaborative approach


Focused outcomes

We ascribe to the Donor Bill of Rights of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and the Code of Ethics of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).   We strive to ensure that these principles are incorporated into day to day activities and are fundamental to any new fundraising initiatives.

Funding Priorities

Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation strives to fund mission-oriented research, and we believe it begins with highlighting what we want to accomplish and then building a research agenda and coalition of partners to help achieve these identified goals. We have segmented our mission-oriented areas of research into 5 balanced categories: the Focused 5.