University Research Chair Nomination

University Research Chairs (URC) and Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie (RCCF) are 5-year terms, renewable once following a positive recommendation from the Dean and from the University’s Research Chairs Evaluation Committee (RCEC). Exceptionally, a third and final term with reduced financial support may be allocated.

Nomination applications are to be submitted by the 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 applications, including external evaluations, are assessed based on the following criteria:

  • The level of research excellence and productivity of the nominee, and/or demonstration of the research leading to significant achievements;
  • The potential to achieve international recognition in the field;
  • The potential to attract and retain excellent students, trainees and future researchers;
  • 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). 
  • Budget plan and justification: The total budget is $25K 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). Up to $5K of the total budget may be used as a salary supplement to the nominee. In this section, please explain and justify how the budget will be used and the proportion of the budget to be allocated to costs of research versus a salary supplement. 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.

Detailed instructions

2. Submission of Nomination Application

Please send the nomination application to the Research Chairs Coordinator.

3. External Review by Three Experts in the Field

The Research Chairs Coordinator 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 of the nominee, and/or demonstration of the research leading to significant achievements;
  • The potential to achieve international recognition in the field;
  • The potential to attract and retain excellent students, trainees and future researchers;
  • 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

URC and RCCF 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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