Distinguished Research Chairs

The purpose of the Distinguished Research Chairs (DRC) Program is to recognize uOttawa Tier 1 Canada Research Chairholders who have completed two consecutive terms, and who continue to demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in research and training of students.

The DRC, is a 5-year non-renewable term, following a positive recommendation from the Faculty Dean and from the University’s Research Chairs Evaluation Committee (RCEC). Chairholders receive a $35,000 annual research stipend for the duration of the chair.

Nomination dossiers are to be submitted by Faculty Deans to the Office of the Vice-President, Research and are adjudicated by the RCEC. The RCEC meetings are generally held three times during the year.

The nomination dossier, including external evaluations, is assessed based on the following criteria:

  • The level of research excellence and productivity achieved by the nominee;
  • The level of impact and international recognition in the field;
  • The ability to have successfully attracted and retained excellent students, trainees and future researchers; and plans to do so in the next chair mandate;
  • The relevance of the proposed research program in relation to the University's strategic areas of development in research; and
  • The originality and quality of the proposed research program.

Nomination process

1. Preparation of the Nomination Application

A nomination application must include the following documents:

  • Statement of nomination from the Dean, providing the basis and justification for the nomination (2 to 3 pages);
  • Chair title and research project summary: Provide a 100 word summary, written in lay language, describing the uniqueness and importance of the proposed research program. This summary may be used for advertising purposes;
  • Proposed Research Program written by the nominee (3 to 5 pages). For detailed instructions, please read the Nomination guidelines.
  • Budget plan and justification: The total budget is $35K per year for five years and may be used to support the core costs of research (e.g., research assistants/associates, graduate students, consumable supplies, and user fees). In this section, please explain how the budget will be used. Note that the funding allocated for the core costs of research is provided in addition to and not as a substitute for a nominee’s concurrent sources of external funding;
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (OCGS format; last 8 years);
  • List of the nominee’s five most significant research contributions made during his or her career, explaining their significance and impact;
  • Names and email addresses of four (4) independent reviewers, including at least one from abroad.
2. Submission of Nomination Application

Please send the nomination application to the Research Chairs Advisor at vbourbon@uottawa.ca.

3. External Review by 3 Experts in the Field

The Research Chairs Advisor is responsible for sending the nomination application to three external reviewers in the field.

Conflict of Interest Policy

In order to avoid any conflict of interest, please ensure that the potential reviewers:

  • are not affiliated in any way with the University of Ottawa (including hospitals and research institutes);
  • have no personal relationship with the nominee (including close friend, relative, former PhD or postdoctoral supervisor, mentor, a student previously under the nominee's supervision);
  • have not collaborated, published or shared funding with the nominee in the last six years, or have no plans to do so in the immediate future;
  • are not involved in the proposed program of research; and
  • are not in a position to gain or lose financially/materially from the outcome of the nomination.
4. Internal Evaluation by the Research Chairs Evaluation Committee (RCEC)

The nomination application, including external evaluations, is adjudicated based on the following criteria:

  • The level of research excellence and productivity achieved by the nominee;
  • The level of impact and international recognition in the field;
  • The ability to have successfully attracted and retained excellent students, trainees and future researchers; and plans to do so in the next chair mandate;
  • The relevance of the proposed research program in relation to the University's strategic areas of development in research; and
  • The originality and quality of the proposed research program.
5. Notice of Decision

Following the RCEC’s final recommendation, a notice of decision is sent to the Dean of the nominating Faculty. There is no appeal process.

Teaching Release

Chairholders may be eligible for teaching release of a one-semester course (2 to 3 credits/year) as negotiated with the Dean of the Faculty.

End of Chair Mandate

The University provides two additional years from the end date of the chair to expend any residual funds remaining in the research account. No extension beyond this period will be granted.

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