The Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $265 million per year ($5M per year at the University) to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Endowed and externally funded research chairs are established through the generosity of individual and/or corporate donors. Their research focuses on topics of interest to the donor and University and brings distinction to both.
The objective of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) program is to assist universities in pursuing new directions, or in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in science and engineering of interest to industry.
University identified and funded world-class researchers who work to produce impacts that demonstrate the University's strategic development of research, and improve Canada's ability to lead in research that has high social, cultural, scientific or technological impact. The University Research Chairs program has been replaced with the University Research Awards program and as such, no URC positions will be renewed after their current termination date.