Research Chairs

Our research chairholders push the boundaries of knowledge in their fields. Awarded in part on the basis of their own research, research chairs are also awarded by virtue of the contributions that a researcher makes to the education and supervision of students and the coordination of other researchers' work.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Launched in 2008, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. These awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally.


Canada Research Chairs

The federal government of Canada—with an eye to making Canada one of the top five countries in the world for research and development—created the Canada Research Chairs Program in 2000 to encourage and enable Canadian universities, and their affiliated research institutes and hospitals, to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and world-class research centres.


University Research Chairs

In alignment with its strategic areas of development in research, the University of Ottawa has created University Research Chairs (URC) to recognize outstanding and sustained research accomplishments of its faculty members.


Distinguished Research Chairs

The University of Ottawa has a growing number of internationally reputed researchers whose talent we wish to maintain and cultivate. The goal of the Distinguished Research Chairs (DRC) Program is to recognize former Tier 1 Canada Research Chairholders who continue to demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in research and training of students.

More about Distinguished University Research Chairs

Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie

The University of Ottawa is committed to the promotion of Francophone communities. In designing outstanding programs and services for Ontario's French-speaking population, it provides leadership for Francophone communities across Canada and around the world. The Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie aim to solidify the position of the University of Ottawa as a leader in the field of research on Canadian and North-American francophonie.


Endowed and Sponsored Research Chairs

The University is honoured to host research chairs created with the contributions from individuals, groups of individuals, the corporate sector, or government agencies, to show their appreciation of the important work of these researchers.


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