Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

The Canada Research Chairs program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top five countries for research and development.

In 2000, the Government of Canada created a new permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in universities across the country by 2008. The Canada Research Chairs Program invests $300 million a year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.

Program Administration

The CRC program at McGill is under the purview of the Office of the Provost.

For a list of all the currently active CRC Chairs held at McGill, please visit the Office of the Provost.

The submission process is jointly coordinated through the Office of the Provost (contact crc.provost [at] mcgill.ca) and the Strategic Initiatives (SI) unit.

Once a CRC or a CRC-CFI-JELF proposal is awarded, the Office of the Provost manages the CRC award and Strategic Initiatives (SI) unit manages the CFI award.

Nomination and application

Twice a year, in December and June, OPVPA notifies the Faculties of the number of vacant chairs to be applied for in the following round and issues a call for nominations to be entering an open competition. All CRC positions are publicly advertised, internal candidates are also invited to apply. Nominations received by the OPVPA from Faculty Deans are reviewed by the Standing Internal Review Committee. The Standing Internal Review Committee proceed with the review of applications and makes recommendations to the OPVPA for the final applications to go forward to Ottawa.

Incoming nominees must supply their PIN to the Strategic Initiatives (SI) office in order to gain access to the application module (https://portal-portail.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/ssocrc/signIn.iface). The Strategic Initiatives (SI) will be available to assist with the application process.

Renewal of CRC Chairs

Renewal of a CRC is contingent upon an internal university review of the chairholder’s performance. Renewal applications received by the OPVPA from Faculty Deans are reviewed by the Standing Internal Review Committee. After considering the recommendations contained in the internal review committee report.OPVPA advises the Dean of the Faculty and the candidate of the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic)’s support for the file to proceed for submission to the CRC Secretariat. Supported candidates are invited to work with their Associate Dean of Research and the Strategic Initiatives (SI) to complete the documentation towards the renewal application.

The renewal applicants should must contact the Strategic Initiatives (SI) to access the renewal forms on line (https://portal-portail.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/ssocrc/signIn.iface ).

There are currently two yearly CRC competitions with deadlines for submission at the CRC Secretariat in October and April. In order to optimize the quality of the applications being submitted to Ottawa, the Strategic Initiatives (SI) will contact the candidates for final quality control and submission procedures once the Faculties/Departments have received the Standing Internal Review Committee’s comments and recommendations.

Renewal of a CRC is contingent upon an internal university review of the chairholder’s performance. Renewal applications received by the OPVPA from Faculty Deans are reviewed by the Standing Internal Review Committee. After considering the recommendations contained in the internal review committee report.OPVPA advises the Dean of the Faculty and the candidate of the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic)’s support for the file to proceed for submission to the CRC Secretariat. Supported candidates are invited to work with their Associate Dean of Research and the Strategic Initiatives (SI) to complete the documentation towards the renewal application.

The renewal applicants should must contact the Strategic Initiatives (SI) to access the renewal forms on line (https://portal-portail.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/ssocrc/signIn.iface ).

There are currently two yearly CRC competitions with deadlines for submission at the CRC Secretariat in October and April. In order to optimize the quality of the applications being submitted to Ottawa, the Strategic Initiatives (SI) will contact the candidates for final quality control and submission procedures once the Faculties/Departments have received the Standing Internal Review Committee’s comments and recommendations.

Applicants should refer to detailed timelines for upcoming competitions. See Timelines, below: 

crc_timelines_october_2017_final.pdf

cfi_timelines_-_linked_to_crc_october_2017_final.pdf

The applicants should also refer to the CRC Guidelines on letters of reference for detailed instructions on Referee letters; please contact theStrategic Initiatives (SI) teamfor any questions.

CRC with an associated CFI-JELF process

Nominees requesting CFI Infrastructure support should contact Institutional Strategic Initiatives (SI)as soon as possible(ideally 4 months prior to the submission deadline) and refer to theJohn R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) page for information. Interested applicants must first be approved by their faculty.

Although the CRC and CFI-JELF modules are submitted concurrently, the internal review processes are parallel. The CRC modules undergo review through the Standing Internal Review Committee of the Provost Office (for detailed steps and selection process refer to the CRC (standalone) process above. The CFI-JELF modules undergo review through the Strategic Initiatives (SI) Office.

Strategic Initiatives (SI) will coordinate the final submission process of the CRC-CFI-JELF dossier.

Applicants should refer to thedetailed timelines below for upcoming competitions:

CFI (linked to CRC April 2017) Timelines[.pdf]