About the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program

  • Are the research chairs awards renewable?
    The awards are tenable for seven years and are non-renewable. As part of the application process, institutions will need to provide a plan for ensuring the sustainability and retention of the chairholder beyond the period of the award.
  • How is this program different from the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program?

    In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the program will use a “rapid response” process to quickly facilitate, over a period of several months, the recruitment of esteemed researchers and scholars who wish to relocate to Canada. In addition, the program will accept applications for individuals of all career stages.

    Individuals nominated to the program must hold a full-time academic appointment at the nominating institution as of the start date of the chair award. An institution may choose to recruit within an existing area of strength in the sciences, technology, health, engineering, and the social sciences and humanities, or it may use the research chair to build critical mass in a new area.

  • How will equity and diversity be considered within the program?

    Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. As such, the program is committed to the Government of Canada’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.

    All institutions’ practices for recruiting chairs are expected to be open, transparent and equitable. Equity and diversity will be given strong consideration in the competition, consistent with the Government of Canada's expectations for a diverse set of awardees. Institutions must demonstrate a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in their recruitment and outreach strategies, and ensure equitable access to opportunities available within the research teams that the program will establish. Measures will also be taken to ensure that individuals with career interruptions (e.g., parental leave) are not disadvantaged during the evaluation process.

    In addition, measures will be taken as part of the review process to limit unconscious bias. Equity and diversity will be considered when identifying external reviewers and potential committee members for the multidisciplinary review panel. External reviewers will be provided with guidelines on limiting unconscious bias, and review panel members will receive training on limiting unconscious bias.

  • How will the grants be awarded?
    The program will use a single-phase “rapid response” process that is both competitive and rigorous for awarding the chairs. All applications submitted to the competition, regardless of award value and/or the candidate’s career stage, will be assessed using the program’s evaluation criteria. Candidates will have up to 12 months after funding decisions are communicated to institutions to take up their positions. This will allow flexibility for individuals with families or other obligations.
  • What are the objectives of the program?

    The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program will invest $117.6 million to provide one-time funding in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    The program is designed to attract approximately 15-to-35 internationally based researchers and scholars, including Canadian expatriates who wish to relocate to Canada. These individuals will help further knowledge in the sciences, technology, health, engineering and the social sciences and humanities, and will build on the country’s reputation as a global centre of science, research and innovation excellence. Refer to Program Details for more information.

  • What will happen in the event that a successful candidate does not accept the award?
    If a successful candidate does not accept the award, it will be offered to the next institution and candidate on the reversion list.

About the Application Process

FAQs added July 4, 2017:

Eligible Costs

FAQs added July 11, 2017 (from webinar):

Eligibility of Nominees

Use of Funds