The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) enables Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and become world-class research centres.
Chairholders improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching and the coordination of other researchers' work. Established by the Government of Canada in 2000, the CRCP is committed to excellence in research and research training, and to ensuring equal access to opportunities for all qualified candidates.
UBC has a current allocation of 187 Chairs. Tier I Chairs are seven-year renewable positions targeted at experienced researchers who are world leaders in their fields. Tier II Chairs are five-year appointments, renewable once. They are targeted at exceptional emerging scholars who have the potential to lead in their fields.
Chairholders must be employed full-time at the host institution to be eligible. Visit the Canada Research Chairs site for more information
Deadlines for submissions
Nominations may be submitted twice a year at the recommendation of the dean. Each year, the spring deadline is March with final submission to Ottawa in April. The fall deadline is August with final submission to Ottawa in October. See the schedule below for upcoming deadlines, decisions and announcements.
|Internal Review Deadline||Nomination deadline||Anticipated decision date|
Earliest start date
|August 25, 2017||October 23, 2017||April 2018||April 2018||Fall 2018|
|February 23, 2018||April 23, 2018||October 2018||October 2018||Spring 2019|
|August 24, 2018||October 22, 2018||April 2019||April 2019||Fall 2019|
|February 22, 2019||April 24, 2019||October 2019||October 2019||Spring 2020|
As of October 2017 nomination deadline, Universities are required to submit a copy of the open job advertisement for the Chair position with all nominations submitted to the program for peer review.
Nominations that do not provide evidence of an openly advertised process will not be accepted by the program - this applies to all new, advancement and foreign nominations.
The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat works collaboratively with institutions to identify and share strategies and practices that respect the spirit of openness, transparency and equity of the program.
For further information, instructions for nominated Tier I and II Chairs and renewal processes, contact Linda Leathley, the CRC Secretariat, at: