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.

Interested researchers should speak to their Dean or Vice-Dean, Research to discuss the possibility of being nominated for a Chair.

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






March 31, 2016

April 27, 2015

October 9, 2015

April 30, 2016

May 31, 2016

June 30, 2016

July 31, 2016

August 31, 2016

September 30, 2016

October 9, 2015

April 25, 2016

October 31, 2016

November 30, 2016

December 31, 2016

January 31, 2017

February 28, 2017

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: September 8, 2015
  • Final Internal Deadline for Final Version of Nomination: October 2, 2015
  • External Sponsor Deadline: October 9, 2015
  • Final Deadline for receipt of reference letters at the CRC Secretariat: *October 23, 2015

*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CRC Secretariat by October 9, 2015 (Note that a nomination that is missing letters of reference after this date will be withdrawn from the cycle.)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

Final deadline for submission of letters of reference

Anticipated decision date

Anticipated public announcement of Chairs

September 8, 2015

October 2, 2015

October 9, 2015

October 23, 2015

Spring 2016

Fall 2016

Contact Information

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

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