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Renewing a Canada Research Chair

The renewal of a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) on completion of his or her term is not automatic. The decision by the university to submit a renewal nomination is also not automatic.

The decision whether to submit a renewal nomination is made by the CRC Allocation Committee once a renewal nomination is received from dean of the faculty. There is additional input from the referees and the President’s Advisory Committee on Senior Academic Appointments. The decision is made in light of the quality of the nomination package, the overall aims of the CRC Program, the desirability of using the Canada Research Chairs as a recruitment incentive to further the strategic goals of the university and to be consistent with our efforts to meet the goals of the CRC program.

Note that a Tier 2 CRC is for a five year term with the possibility for renewal for only one additional five year term.


Faculty Role

The decision to recommend to the CRC Allocation Committee that a chairholder be considered for a renewal nomination is made by the Faculty in the context of the excellence of the chairholder, and the strategic goals of both the university and the faculty. Should a faculty decide not to recommend renewal of a chair, that allocation will be retained by the faculty. The dean's office should provide a memo informing the CRC coordinator and advisor of the non-renewal decision by the respective deadline for submission of the first copies of the nomination. Prior to advertising or moving to fill the vacated position, the dean should seek approval for the area of the new chair from the CRC Allocation Committee (comprised of the president, the provost and vice-president (academic), the vice-president (research) and the vice-provost and associate VP (academic)). A memo should be sent to the deputy provost, with an electronic copy to the CRC coordinator and advisor, expressing how the re-allocation will be used and justifying the re-allocation in the context of faculty and university CRC strategic research plans.


Preparation of a Renewal Nomination

The CRC website has a description of factors that are of primary importance in a successful renewal and CRC incumbents preparing a renewal should spend time reviewing those criteria. The renewal nomination package is the same as a new nomination with the addition of a performance report which is intended to demonstrate clearly how the incumbent has achieved the objectives set out in the original nomination, that the standards of excellence of the program have been upheld, and the added value of having held the CRC. Renewal nominations should highlight research leadership and, for Tier 2 renewal candidates, the development of international stature.

See Nominating a Canada Research Chair for detailed guidance in filling out the nomination form and in preparing the attachment to the form. Deadlines are the same for new and renewal nominations.


Denial of Renewal and Reallocation of the Position 

If the CRC Allocation Committee does not approve the submission of a renewal nomination, or if a nomination submitted to the CRC Secretariat is unsuccessful, the allocation may be redeployed by the CRC Allocation Committee. If this situation arises, the dean should submit a memo requesting re-allocation of the position. Such a request should justify the re-allocation of the chair position in the context of the faculty and university strategic plans. The CRC Committee will review each re-allocation request in light of the university's strategic priorities, considering the level of research funding to the faculty from the appropriate federal granting agency, and other strategic factors. Re-allocation requests involving recruitment will be given priority

Re-allocation request memos intended for the CRC Allocation Committee should be sent to the vice-provost & associate VP (academic) with an electronic copy to the CRC coordinator and advisor.