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Canada Excellence Research Chairs

The Government of Canada created the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program in 2008 with the focus on establishing 20 prestigious research chairs in universities across the country. The CERC program invests $28 million a year to attract and retain the world's best in priority research areas such as environmental sciences and technologies, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences and technologies, and information and communication technologies.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs are identified through a highly competitive two-stage process. In Phase 1, Canadian universities compete for the opportunity to establish chairs at their institution. In Phase 2, a short list of successful universities will nominate world leaders to a limited number of CERC positions. The selection will be based on the highest standards of research excellence. Canadian universities will administer the funds.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs are tenable for seven years and are not renewable. They are targeted at the world's top researchers to develop ambitious research programs in the four priority research areas in the Government of Canada's science and technology (S&T) strategy. For each chair, the university receives up to $1.4 million annually for seven years.

For information about the CERC program, please contact

For information on NSERC Industrial Research Chairs and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Chairs, please contact Tiago Lier.

For information on Canada Research Chairs, please contact Rhian Gunn.