University Research Chairs
The University of Ottawa has created University Research Chairs (URC). The purpose of these Chairs is to:
- recognize researchers with outstanding and sustained accomplishments in research, or those who demonstrate initial, significant achievements with exceptional future promise, while maintaining a solid teaching record; and
- provide financial support for the Chairholder’s research program, which is in addition to, and not a substitute for, the researcher’s concurrent sources of external funding.
Furthermore, key objectives of such positions of excellence focus on:
- Supporting research and knowledge creation in keeping with the University's strategic areas of research;
- Supporting the strategic plan of the faculty hosting the Chair;
- Serving as recruitment and retention mechanisms;
- Strengthening teaching and learning at the graduate level; and
- Supporting the integration of the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in research.