2022 Canada Excellence Research Chairs Competition – Application

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Social Justice
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: Inquire within your unit

Memorial Deadline: Monday 10th, October 2022

External Deadline: Thursday 13th, October 2022


Assistance with applications will be provided through your GFOs as well as by RGCS/SIRI, contact Dr Brent Myron brent.myron@mun.ca

Please note that this is not an open competition, as the only groups who are eligible to apply have already been granted approval by an internal screening process.

The 2022 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) competition introduces several refinements to the program, to ensure it continues to recruit the best global talent in the Government of Canada’s science, technology and innovation (ST&I) priority areas for the CERC and Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) programs, while attracting a diverse cadre of chairholders across disciplines and perspectives. The changes have resulted from valuable feedback received from institutions and stakeholders through engagement sessions, meetings and reports, including the 10th-year evaluation of the CERC program.

The program’s future is as much about recruiting the best global talent to Canada as it is about supporting the next generation of leaders, making them integral parts of these ambitious core research teams, so they can chart their own paths forward. The social and economic benefits of the program will, in addition, impact Canadians and others around the world, through the commercialization, knowledge translation and mobilization the research generates.

This CERC competition introduces the following changes to the application process and program:

  • streamlining the application process into a one-phase approach, in which the research program and nominee are presented together, to help institutions with their recruitment process;
  • establishing two award values, to allow participation from a greater range of research disciplines and continue to support core teams that include students, highly qualified personnel, and early- and mid-career researchers;
  • strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) requirements by ensuring EDI is incorporated in the research design, research teams and recruitment processes; and
  • removing the one-to-one funds-matching requirement, instead focusing on the quality of research environments, emphasizing sustainability plans, and focusing on the institution’s ability to leverage funds.

Program objectives

The CERC program is funded by the three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The program offers eligible Canadian, degree-granting institutions an opportunity to establish highly funded research chairs in the Government of Canada’s ST&I priority areas for the CERC and CFREF programs.

The objectives of the program remain to:

  • strengthen Canada’s ability to attract the world’s top researchers, in order to be at the leading edge of breakthroughs in ST&I priority areas expected to generate social and economic benefits for Canadians;
  • help Canada build a critical mass of expertise in ST&I priority areas identified by the Government of Canada;
  • create a competitive environment to help Canadian institutions, in their pursuit of excellence in their research, attract a cadre of world-leading researchers; and
  • contribute to branding Canada as a location of choice for world-leading research, science and technology development, alongside other federal programs with similar objectives.

Full details can be found here.

Funding Sources

Government of Canada

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: August 18, 2022