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 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 DeadlineNomination deadlineAnticipated decision date

Earliest start date

Anticipated public

August 25, 2017October 23, 2017April 2018April 2018Fall 2018
February 23, 2018April 23, 2018October 2018October 2018Spring 2019
August 24, 2018October 22, 2018April 2019April 2019Fall 2019
February 22, 2019April 24, 2019October 2019October 2019Spring 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:
Tel: 604.827.1877

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