Government of Canada invests $140 million, appointing world-class researchers as new or renewed Canada Research Chairs

In its 20th year, the Canada Research Chairs Program continues to provide opportunities for researchers to excel in their fields, and build teams of experts at Canadian institutions. In spring 2020, the Government of Canada invested $140 million towards 182 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. This is the first of two cycles of Canada Research Chairs funding to be announced this year.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation also made an important investment towards these chairs. It is providing more than $4.6 million in new funding for research infrastructure, supporting 21 Canada Research Chairs at 16 institutions.

Innovation, research and discovery are key factors in maintaining and growing Canada’s socio-economic well-being, to benefit all Canadians. Canada Research Chairs choose Canada to pursue their ambitious research goals, build their teams and maintain Canada’s position as a global leader in research excellence.

This diverse cadre of chairholders will contribute to Canada’s research excellence by addressing key issues that affect society, as well as advancing new technologies and discoveries. The 2019-1 cohort of chairs is represented by 52.6% women; 5.2% persons with disabilities, 6.9% Indigenous Peoples and 26.6% members of visible minorities.

The Government of Canada invests in research in health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities through the three federal research granting agencies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

See the full list of this cycle’s new and renewed Canada Research Chairs.

For additional information, contact the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat: