The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries
in research and development.
In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2,000 research professorships—Canada Research
Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country.
The CRCP invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.
Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.
The CRCP is committed to excellence in research and research training, and to ensuring equal access to opportunities for all qualified candidates. The goals of excellence and equity are both compatible and mutually supporting. Sound equity practices ensure that the Chairs program accesses the largest possible pool of qualified candidates, without affecting the integrity of the program’s selection process. The CRCP is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.
The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat works
collaboratively with institutions to identify and share strategies and practices that respect the spirit of openness, transparency and equity of the program.
A tri-agency initiative
CRCP is a tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which is housed within SSHRC.