New chair allocations and an additional research stipend for Tier 2 Chairs

November 13, 2018

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science and Sport, announced new information on 285 new chair allocations and an additional research stipend for first-term Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs. These changes are a result of new funding in Budget 2018 for the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP).

New chairs

In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced $210 million over five years, as well as ongoing funding of $50 million per year, to the CRCP.

The following chart provides a summary of the planned new chairs, which will be added over the next five years:

Table: New chair allocations by agency and tier
Agency Tier 1 Tier 2 Percentage of total
Canadian Institutes of Health Research 14 90 39%
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council 14 90 39%
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 7 53 22%
Special chairs 17
Total 35 250 100%

In addition:

  • new chairs may be used to help institutions reach their equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) action plan targets; and
  • nominations for new chairs, as well as chairs nominated to support EDI targets, may be submitted off-cycle until October 21, 2019.

Stipend for Tier 2 Chairs

New funding from Budget 2018 will support current and new Tier 2 Chairs in their first terms with an annual research stipend of $20,000, that may help them establish their research projects.

More information

The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) will communicate with all institutions participating in the CRCP and provide additional updates on the CRCP website.

For any immediate questions or concerns, please contact TIPS at