Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

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The Canada Research Chairs program offers Canadian universities the opportunity to nominate researchers for senior professorships in areas that will further the institution’s overall research priorities. Each university receives a number of Chairs which is proportional to the amount of recent funding the institution has received from the TriCouncil (CIHR, NSERC, CIHR). There are two different types of Chairs.

  • Tier I – Researchers at this level are world leaders in their fields of study, according to their peers. This type of Chair is awarded for a seven-year period and may be renewed at the discretion of the University.
  • Tier II – Researchers at this level have the potential to become world leaders in their fields. Tier II Chairs are awarded for five years and may be renewed once at the discretion of the University.

Researchers must be nominated by their Faculty in order to apply, this is not an open opportunity.

For important information on our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion practices, please visit our dedicated webpage: Canada Research Chairs at University of Toronto .

Chairholders with the following end dates have the first or final opportunity to submit renewal nominations: 






September 30, 2018

October 23, 2017

April 23, 2018

October 31, 2018

November 30, 2018

December 31, 2018

January 31, 2019

February 28, 2019

March 31, 2019

April 23, 2018

October 22, 2018

April 30, 2019

May 31, 2019

June 30, 2019

July 31, 2019

August 31, 2019

Checklist for New Nominations

Checklist for Renewal Nominations

Sample Nomination Form

CRC Tips

CRC How To Apply


Additional Deadline Notes

  • Internal Deadline for Editorial & Administrative Review: March 21, 2018
  • Final Internal Deadline for Final Version of Nomination: April 16, 2018 (MRA application due)
  • External Sponsor Deadline: April 23, 2018


*As we have been experiencing delays with letters arriving at the CRC Secretariat on time, we highly recommend you notify all referees to submit letters of reference to the CRC Secretariat by April 23, 2018 (Note that a nomination that is missing letters of reference after this date will be withdrawn from the cycle.)

UT Internal Deadline UT Final Nomination Deadline Sponsor Nomination Deadline Anticipated decision date Anticipated public announcement of Chairs
March 21, 2018 April 16, 2018 April 23, 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019

Contact Information

Jenny Korolik
Research Funding Officer | (416) 946-7106

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