The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) was established in 1980 by the government of Alberta to promote health science research in Alberta. Since then, it has contributed more than $850 million directly to the scientific community. More than 230 senior researchers are able to keep their labs running because of AHFMR grants. Funding programs are offered to scholars at all university levels, from undergraduate students to established senior researchers. Many students and professors at the university of Alberta have won funding from AHFMR, based on the quality of the work that they have already been doing.