University Research Chairs (URC) are five-year terms, renewable once following a positive recommendation from the Dean and from the University’s Research Chairs Evaluation Committee (RCEC).

Any University Research Chair granted to a researcher is a privilege recognizing and supporting his or her scientific achievements and allowing the University of Ottawa to both increase its expertise in a given area and heighten its national and international profile. For these reasons, the University must periodically assess the accomplishments brought about by its various Chairs.

The renewal applications, including external evaluations, are adjudicated based on the following criteria (last five years of the chair mandate):

  • The level of research excellence and productivity achieved by the nominee;
  • The level of impact and international recognition in the field;
  • The ability to have successfully attracted and retained excellent students, trainees and future researchers; and plans to do so in the next chair mandate;
  • The relevance of the proposed research program in relation to the University’s Strategic Areas of Research; and
  • The originality and quality of the proposed research program.
  • The level of consideration of equity, diversity and inclusion principles in research over the first term, and in the proposed second term.

The renewal process, which involves seven steps, is designed to produce a decision before the Chair’s term expires.

Renewal process

Teaching Release

URC chairholders may be eligible for teaching release of a one-semester course (two to three credits/year) as negotiated with the Dean of the Faculty.

End of chair mandate

The University provides two additional years from the end date of the chair to expend any residual funds remaining in the research account. No extension will be granted beyond this period.