This call for applications is now closed.


Call for Applications - Canada 150 Research Chairs

The Vice Rectorate of Research and Innovation (VRRCI) at Université Laval (UL) is launching a competition to select applications to be submitted to the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) as part of the Canada 150 Research Chairs program.

Program objectives and characteristics

This new program aims to add 15 to 35 chairs by the end of 2017. Details can be found at

A program budget of $120 million will be divided annually among Canadian institutions. The maximum allocated to Université Laval is $3 million per year.

Chairs will last 7 years and are non-renewable. The annual value of each chair must be either $1 million or $350,000. Chairs in the amount of $1 million must be set aside for exceptional candidates who work in fields with high research costs.

Institutions can apply for infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund. Such funding requests are not part of the budget for the chair. CFI will contribute 40% of the cost of an infrastructure project. The institution and its partners are responsible for securing the rest of the funds.

Matching funding is not required but is strongly recommended (related to the “Quality of the institutional support” selection criterion)..

Who can apply?

Applications are submitted by faculty deans. Any UL faculty may submit applications in accordance with the terms and conditions of the competition. There is no limit to the number of applications a faculty may submit.

Applicants (foreign or expatriate) must be affiliated with an institution outside Canada as of September 15 (application deadline). Note that individuals nominated to the Canada Research Chairs Program prior to March 22, 2017 (i.e., in the competition currently underway), cannot be nominated as a Canada 150 Research Chair, unless their application is withdrawn; however, potential Canada Excellence Research Chairs candidates may be nominated. An individual cannot hold a Canada 150 Research Chair and a Canada Research Chair or a Canada Excellence Research Chair award at the same time.

The deadline for the successful candidate to take up his or her position is 12 months after the decision is announced.

All interested candidates must contact the relevant faculty. Applications cannot be submitted without faculty approval.

Important: By submitting an application, candidates agree that if successful, their name can be released to the public when the minister announces the results of the competition. Names may be released before the individual in question has formally accepted an offer of employment from the institution.

Equity and diversity declaration

In keeping with its own recruitment policies and Canada Research Chairs program requirements, Université Laval undertakes to promote research excellence and research training as well as ensure equal opportunities for all qualified applicants. Université Laval supports the principle that excellence and equity go hand in hand and recognizes that best practices with regards to equity will result in the broadest possible pool of competent candidates without compromising the spirit of the program’s selection process.

Université Laval is committed to diversity and strongly encourages all qualified individuals, in particular women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities, to apply to the relevant faculty. The University expects recruiting and application processes established in each faculty to comply with equity standards, which include prioritizing equally qualified members of these groups.

Université Laval recognizes that career interruptions can disrupt a candidate’s record of research achievement. Candidates are thus encouraged to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Jean-Philippe Marquis, a research development advisor with VRRCI, can help you with this if necessary.

How to apply

Applications must be emailed to Eugénie Brouillet, Vice President, Research and Innovation, at

Important dates

Deadline for applying to VRRCI: August 8, 2017

Announcement of results: beginning of the week of August 14, 2017

Deadline for registering with TIPS: August 18, 2017

Deadline for applications to TIPS: September 15, 2017 (including letters of recommendation and joint CFI application if applicable)

Results announced: by December 31, 2017

Applicant profiles

In all cases, applicants must demonstrate that they stand out significantly from scientists in their field. Ways they might show this include

  • A publication record above the peer group average, based on the number and impact of academic journals in which articles have been published
  • Supervision of more graduate students than their colleagues
  • Funding above the peer group average: Chairholders are able to obtain operational funding on a continuous basis from recognized funding agencies
  • The presence of international collaborations (publications, research funding, knowledge transfer activities)
  • A number of knowledge transfer activities above the peer group average. The conduct of diversified activities, such as attendance at scientific symposia, radio interviews, sharing of their research results in both scientific journals and major dailies, maintenance of a website, etc.
  • Leadership evidenced by the fact that the applicant is a major contributor to the development and transfer of knowledge in his/her field of expertise and contributes to the flagship multidisciplinary research platforms of his/her institution.

In short, there must be an obvious contrast between the performance of a peer group member and that of the applicant, particularly for chairs valued at $1 million.

Evaluation process

Faculties must select and submit the applications deemed the most scientifically worthy. Applications will then be reviewed by a multidisciplinary and gender-balanced committee, which will recommend applications for approval.

Application guidelines
  • Any additional pages or documents other than those required will be removed from the application. Text, charts, and illustrations may be presented in one or two columns.
  • Applicants are invited to include tables, charts, illustrations, and references to help summarize the information provided. However, they will be included in the calculation of the total number of pages allowed.
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font or larger.
  • Use 8½" x 11" (22 cm x 28 cm) paper. Margins must be at least ¾ in. (1.9 cm) wide.

As applications will be subject to a multidisciplinary evaluation, the proposed research program must be described clearly so that evaluators who are not familiar with a field can offer an informed assessment. Avoid using jargon, acronyms/abbreviations, and very technical terms wherever possible.

Applications submitted to VRRCI

The application submitted to VRRCI must include:

1.      A letter of support from the dean of the faculty. The letter must: 

  • Specify the value of the chair being applied for ($1 million or $350,000). For $1 million chairs, show that the chairholder is an internationally recognized top-tier researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their field and whose research areas justify an application for significant funds
  • Explain how the proposed research ties in with the faculty’s and UL’s strategic priorities
  • Confirm the faculty’s commitment to establishing a faculty position at the end of the seven-year term of the chair
  • Where appropriate, describe the faculty’s commitment with regard to office and laboratory space and CFI funding.

The letter must supplement the information in the application and focus on the aspects important to the faculty (priorities, strategic plan) that are not covered in the application. The letter should not quote verbatim any elements that are already part of the application.

2.      A self-identification form, not mandatary but recommended

3.      The applicant’s up-to-date resumé (any format but as concise as possible)

4.      A description of the research program (3 pages), including:

  • Summary (100 words or less)
  • Objective and relevance: describe the general objective, research priorities, and how the research program is original and innovative
  • Capacity-building effect and potential benefits: The description should explain the applicant’s vision for the research chair. For example, how the chair will help structure an emerging field or strengthen an already well-structured field and take it to the next level.

5. A document setting out how the funds will be used and matched, if applicable (max. of 1 page)

6. The registration form filled out by the candidate (available from the sponsoring faculty). Each applicant must compete the “Candidate 1 Last Name, 1st Nm” section Instructions for filling out the form can be found in the “Instructions” section. Do not put anything in the “Institution” section.

Selection criteria

The multidisciplinary committee will assess all applications against the following criteria (which are the same as the criteria for the Canada 150 Research Chair Program).

In addition, the selection committee will assess the applications on the merit of the applicant and the research program as well as on the capacity-building potential for the institution.

Research/academic merit of the nominee

  • The quality of the nominee’s research track record, as measured through bibliometric evidence or other measures of research productivity and impact.
  • The candidate is a top-tier, internationally based researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields (as appropriate based on career stage).

Quality of the institutional support

  • The quality of the institutional environment (existing or planned) that will support the chairholder throughout the tenure of the award to ensure the success of the research chair. The assessment of this criteria will include the activities planned to support the chair throughout the award, as well as the plans in place to ensure the sustainability, including retention, of the chair beyond the period of the award.
  • The quality of the institutional environment in which the proposed chair will be established.
  • Level of support that will be provided to ensure the success of the research program, protected time for research (e.g., release from certain teaching or administrative duties), mentoring (if applicable), additional funds, office space, administrative support, and hiring of other faculty members.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with other researchers working in the same or related areas at the nominating institution, in the same region, within Canada and abroad.
  • Plans to ensure the sustainability, including retention, of the chairholder beyond the period of the award.

Institutional equity and diversity considerations

The institutional commitment to ensuring that the opportunities of the award will be made available to individuals from the four designated groups (women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, and persons with disabilities), including:

  • quality of the recruitment and outreach strategy in terms of demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • quality and extent of the institution’s commitment to ensuring that the opportunities of the chairholder’s research program will be made available to individuals from the four designated groups

Potential contribution of the proposed chair to the excellence of the Canadian research ecosystem

The potential contribution of the research chair in enhancing the research landscape in Canada, such as:

  • filling a gap within existing expertise;
  • building research capacity in new fields or increasing critical mass in existing areas;
  • likelihood that the work of the proposed chair will advance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence; and
  • potential for the proposed chair’s expertise to create social and economic advantages for Canada. 
For information

Jean-Philippe Marquis
Research Development Advisor
418 656-2131, ext. 8878