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Research Chairs

Information About the Types of Research Chairs

In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country.

The Canada Research Chairs program invests $300 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.

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Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) are intended to:

  • assist the university in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in natural sciences and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
  • assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in  but for which there is an important industrial need; and
  • provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).  

     *Provided from NSERC site.

The purpose of these Chairs is to:

  • recognize researchers with outstanding and sustained accomplishments in research, or those who demonstrate significant achievements with exceptional future promise, as well as displaying a strong teaching ability; 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.

Key objectives or goals of these positions of  research excellence focus are:

  • Supporting research and knowledge creation in keeping with the university's strategic plans for the development in research;
  • Supporting the strategic plans of the faculty hosting the Chair;
  • Strengthening teaching and learning at the graduate level.

Our research chair holders push the boundaries of knowledge in their fields. Awarded in part on the basis of their own research, research chairs are also awarded by virtue of the contributions that a researcher makes to the education and supervision of students and the coordination of other researchers' work. Laurentian currently boasts 16 chairs from various disciplines.