Call for nominations
In the winter of 2019, the Office of the Vice-President, Research (OVPR) created the program “Chaires de Recherche sur le Monde Francophone” (CRMF). The program is one of the most important research initiatives on Ontarian, Canadian and international Francophonies and on the realities of the Francophone world. It is within the context of this new program that the OVPR is looking for internal applicants for the following research chairs:
- Two Research Chairs on International Francophonie and/or on The Realities of the Francophone world
In addition to undertaking a research program and overseeing organization of research activities linked to chair objectives, the chairholder must actively participate in the Collège des chaires de recherche du monde francophone (CCRMF) and work to disseminate, develop and promote research on the Francophonie and realities of the Francophone world.
The chairs’ scope will be determined, first and foremost, by the chairholders’ areas of research, and must be consistent with the University’s strategic areas of development in research. Chairholders must be regular University of Ottawa professors. Each chair must have a clear objective regarding study, analysis and interpretation of one or several aspects of the Francophonie. It must fully dedicate the resources of the program to research, organization of research activities and dissemination of knowledge and research on the francophone world. Francophone-related matters cannot be a minor research consideration or restricted to administrative areas. Each CRMF chairholder must submit an annual report as well as a five-year report on activities, benefits and promotion of the work of his or her chair to the director of the Collège des Chaires, the Dean of his or her faculty and the Vice-President, Research.
The “Chaires de Recherche sur le Monde Francophone” have a five-year term, which can be renewed only once, subject to the recommendation from their faculty dean, from the program steering committee and the University of Ottawa’s Research Chairs Evaluation Committee.
Chairholders will receive an annual allocation of $25,000 in research funds for the duration of their mandate. Exceptionally, a third and final mandate with a reduced allocation of $10,000 annually may also be granted. Note that researchers who have held a Research Chair in Canadian Francophonie or a University Research Chair are not eligible for the new CRMF Program.
Individuals who have previously held a Research Chair on the Canadian Francophonie, or any other research chair funded by the University of Ottawa - for example: University Research Chair or Distinguished Research Chair - are not eligible under the CRMF program. In addition, individuals who currently hold any other research chair at the University of Ottawa - for example, Endowed Chair, Canada Research Chair - are not eligible under the CRMF.
Nomination packages must be submitted by the Dean of the faculty to the Office of the Vice-President, Research : firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) – see section “Eligibility criteria” and the document with detailed instructions for the presentation;
- 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; please include career interruptions such as parental or sick leaves that may have impacted your record of research. These will be taken into consideration in the selection process);
- 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.
- Candidates can contact the Director of the Collège des Chaires de recherche sur le monde francophone, Professor E.-Martin Meunier, for suggestions and guidance on the preparation of their application.
2. Submission of Nomination Application
3. Important dates
Applications must be received by December 2nd, 2019, 5 p.m. (at the latest). The selection process will begin in December 2019 and continue until positions are filled.
The Chair’s mandate will begin on February 1, 2020 (at the earliest).
4. Evaluation Criteria
Nomination applications will be reviewed by members of the CRMF Program Steering Committee. The recommended file will then be reviewed by the Research Chairs Evaluation Committee, chaired by the Vice-President, Research (or his delegate).
Applications are reviewed according to the following criteria:
- The 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.
In addition, the research proposal must demonstrate:
- The interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approaches that will be implemented;
- The applicant’s involvement and commitment regarding development and promotion of research on Francophonie and on the realities of the Francophone world;
- Synergies, including with other chairholders and members of the Collège des Chaires de recherche du monde francophone, by indicating how the proposed research relates to or complements the research of other chairholders.
CRMF Program Steering Committee
The CRMF Program Steering Committee is comprised of the Vice-President, Research (or his delegate), the Deans (or their delegates), the Director of the Collège des Chaires, a CRMF chairholder and a member of the Standing Committee on Francophone Affairs and Official Languages
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.
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.
CRMF 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 will be granted beyond this period.