Canada Research Chairs

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 200 Chairs; 87 Tier 1 chairs and 113 Tier 2 chairs. UBC's current utilization is 205 chairs; 82 Tier 1 chairs and 123 Tier 2 chairs. Tier I Chairs are seven-year positions, renewable once, 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.

UBC has 20 flexible Chairs. Flexible chairs allow the university to change the tier or research area of a limited number of chair allocations. Ten moves are currently in use with another ten earmarked for future use in upcoming CRC round.

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

The release of results for the October 2019 cycle (2019-2) will take place in June 2020. Start dates for renewals and new nominations will be backdated to April 1, 2020, where applicable.

The Canada Research Chairs program is temporarily reverting back to a two-cycle model. The nomination deadline for the April intake has been postponed to June 8, 2020, and results will be available in December 2020. The September and December intake cycles will be combined and will have a deadline of November 9, 2020, with results available in April 2021.

Nominations may be submitted at the recommendation of the dean. See the schedule below for upcoming deadlines, decisions and announcements.

Internal Review DeadlineNomination deadlineCRC submission deadlineAnticipated decision date

Earliest start date

Anticipated public

August 23, 2019October 11, 2019October 21, 2019June 2020April 1, 2020Fall 2020
February 21, 2020May 29, 2020June 8, 2020December 2020  
August 28, 2020October 30, 2020November 9, 2020April 2021April 2021Fall 2021

UBC's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the CRCP

UBC has a robust strategy for raising awareness of our commitment to and the benefits of equity, diversity and inclusion within the Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP) and our broader research enterprise. These strategies aim to increase transparency within the program which also requires firm targets to increase nationally the number of chair holders from the federally designated groups (FDG) – women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minorities/members that are racially categorized.

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For further information, instructions for nominated Tier I and II Chairs and renewal processes, contact Linda Leathley, the CRC Secretariat, at:
Tel: 604.827.1877

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