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.
Research Excellence Awards highlight research achievements of recently tenured faculty members, to raise the profile of individuals who would be considered for future external recognition.
Research Leadership Chairs recognize research excellence of mid- to late-career-stage faculty who have proven records of distinguished and sustained scholarly work. Research Leadership Chairs are prominent researchers who have received significant recognition on both a national and international level.
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.