University Research Leadership Chairs

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.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a faculty member must minimally hold the title of Associate Professor.  Faculty can only receive a Research Leadership Chair once during their employment.

Criteria 

Research Leadership Chairs recognize research excellence of mid- to late-career-stage faculty who have proven records of distinguished and sustained scholarly work. Research excellence is recognized as scholarly output that is demonstrably internationally impactful within the nominee’s discipline. This may include published works, but may also comprise other forms of scholarly output, research-related knowledge mobilization, research-derived innovation, and training of highly qualified personnel. The candidate should be someone who has already received significant recognition on both a national and international level.

Award

Each college will hold up to two Research Leadership Chairs, with 14 in total held across the university at any given time. 

Recipients of Research Leadership Chairs hold the title for 3 years, with a potential extension to 5 years (reviewed at year 3).  Research Leadership Chairs are not renewable, and can only be held once during employment at U of G. During tenure of the Chair, Research Leadership Chairs receive $15,000 in research funds from the University annually, deposited in the chairholder's general purpose research account. Colleges may wish to augment this award (e.g., with additional research funds, course release, etc.). 

Recipients will be recognized at the annual Research Excellence Gala.

Conditions 

Each recipient will participate in one video and two events organized by the Office of Research Communications. 

Reporting

Recipients will be expected to submit an annual report indicating how the research funds were used in support of their research. This report is due by July 15th of every year they hold the position.

To apply

Nominations for University Research Leadership Chairs are submitted by colleges to the VPR and Provost & Vice-President, Academic. It is expected that colleges give special attention and consideration to Tri-Agency equity, diversity, and inclusion guidelines, and be prepared to indicate what plans were put in place to ensure that these guidelines have been observed. 

Colleges can submit nomination packages to stratprg@uoguelph.ca.  A nomination package will comprise: 

  • a covering letter from the College Dean in support of the nomination 
  • the nomination case letter from the department chair / school director
  • the nominee’s CV

Review and Selection Process

The Provost and VPR will review the nominations for approval.