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2019 Call for Applications - CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs

The Office of the Vice Rector, Research and Innovation (VRRCI) at Université Laval is launching an competition to fill 2 Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs in health sciences (CIHR).

Diffusion of the call: March 15, 2019

This competition could be used to select more chairs in the event that new chairs at the same level become available in the same domain. In addition, the VRRCI reserves the right of not to fill all the chairs in the event that the criteria of excellence or our EDI commitments cannot be met.

Read the full call for applications (PDF)

CRC Program

The CRC program aims to attract and retain in Canada accomplished and promising researchers. The allocation of the 2000 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) to Canadian universities by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) is conducted every 2 or 3 years and is based on research funding received by researchers from the three federal granting agencies. Each university receives a CRC allocation that it can use according to a set of rules. The decision to name Canada Research Chairholders is made by the university.

Tier 1 chairs are for outstanding researchers recognized by their peers as world leaders in their fields. These chairs are 7-year positions worth $200,000 per year and can be renewed once.

For more information about the program, consult the CRC website.

Equity Statement

In keeping with its recruitment policies (including the “Equal Employment Opportunity Program,” which was adopted in 2008), Université Laval is committed to promoting excellence in research and research training and guaranteeing equal opportunity for all qualified candidates. Université Laval upholds the principle that excellence and equity go hand in hand and recognizes that best practices with regard to employment equity will result in the broadest possible pool of competent candidates.

Université Laval has published in 2018 a revised version of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan with a view to increasing the representation of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities as well as Indigenous peoples among Canada Research Chairholders at our institution.

In order to meet these commitments, some chairs need to be attributed to people identifying themselves as belonging to groups under-represented among our CRC holders and for which gaps remain to be filled; those belonging to a visible minority group or people with disability.

Therefore, at the end of the 5 competitions currently open (CIHR-1, 2-CIHR, NSERC-1, NSERC-2, SSHRC-2) including the present competition, the University wishes to assign at least 7 chairs to individuals who self-declared belonging to a visible minority group and at least 2 chairs at people who self-declared as being disabled.

For these reasons, we encourage each Faculty to take into account these characteristics during the search and the selection of candidates.

In addition, we remind each Faculty to ensure that the selection process correspond to the Requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs of the CRC Program. All applications that fail to comply to these requirements will be rejected. For any questions related to this topic, you can contact your EDI Faculty representative or the VRRH equity officer.

Competition Process

Applications must be submitted by faculty deans. Each faculty can submit a limited number of applications. The table in Appendix 1 shows the number of applications that each faculty can submit for this competition.

  • Call for applications: March 15, 2019
  • VRRCI submission deadline: July 12th, 2019 (no delay or addition accepted)
  • Results announced by the VRRCI: August 2019
  • TIPS (federal) submission deadline: October 21, 2019 or sooner if possible

Candidates interested to apply are asked to contact the research advisor in their Faculty (or the one corresponding to their expertise) for details about the Faculty competition.


Faculties can submit applications for current Université Laval professors or outside candidates.  

Applicants for Tier 1 chairs must be full professors or associate professors who are close to obtaining tenure.

Université Laval acknowledges that career interruption (e.g. maternity or parental leave, leave for prolonged illness or clinical training) as well as a disability may have an effect on productivity and contributions in research. Applicants are invited to explain, as appropriate, these effects so that they are taken into account in the assessment of their applications. In addition, accommodation can be offered to people with disabilities according to their needs in this competition, including accessibility. If you need accommodation, we invite you to contact the equity officer using contact information below.

Excellence of the Applicant

The Canada Research Chair program is based on an unwavering commitment to excellence in research and training. Applicants must demonstrate a significantly greater contribution compared to other researchers working in the same field in Canada (Tier 2) or internationally (Tier 1). This contribution is defined by:

  • A publication record that is superior to the reference group average
  • Supervision of graduate students; diversity and inclusion of students and research staff will be considered an asset
  • Higher levels of funding than the reference group average
  • International collaborations (publications, research funding, and knowledge transfer activities); Tier 2 Chairholders must have shown their ability to assert themselves on an international level
  • A larger number of knowledge transfer activities than the reference group average: e.g., attendance at scientific conferences, radio interviews, publication of results in scientific journals and major newspapers, and knowledge transfer to a community of practice
  • Leadership, as evidenced by significant contributions to the development and transfer of knowledge in the applicant’s field of expertise and contributions to the university’s flagship multidisciplinary research platforms

Assessment of Applications

A committee, composed by peers, will assess the applications, produce a report, and make recommendations to the vice-rector of research, creation, and innovation, who will decide which applications will be forwarded to TIPS based on strategic and institutional priorities, including the university’s commitments to diversity and inclusion.

In addition to being diverse, the assessment committee is composed of established professors, the equity officer, the director of the Bureau des chaires et des entités structurantes, and the advisor responsible for the CRC program, who serves as the committee secretary. All committee members receive clear instructions with regard to their role and mandate, the definition of excellence, and the impact of career interruptions on application assessments. Committee members are also required to take training on unconscious bias and peer review.

Assessment Criteria

Applications are assessed based on the following criteria and sub-criteria (see the assessment grid in Appendix 2):

Assessment Grid (PDF, French only)

  1. Quality of the candidate
  2. Quality of the research program
  3. Capacity-building impact
  4. Community involvement

Important note 1: the VRRCI strongly invite each Faculty to enhance the structuring effect of applications by allowing the recruitment of a new regular faculty resource (including the sous octroi), either via the recruitment of applicants that do not hold a regular position at UL or through a new hiring associated with the Chair.

Important note 2: the VRRCI strongly invite each Faculty to enhance the structuring effect of applications by presenting applications that will contribute to diversify the representation of chairholders among the currently under-represented designated groups.

Application package

The full application package must include the following items.

Letter of support from the dean of the faculty

The letter must:

  • Show that the candidate is internationally recognized as an exceptional and innovative researcher conducting world-class work that has had a marked impact in his or her field (Tier 1 Chair)
  • Present the chair’s contribution in terms of capacity building and added value for the faculty and the university, notably with respect to faculty and university strategic priorities
  • Describe clearly the contributions and support (financial or other in-kind) from the faculty and department
  • Confirm, for applicants who do not hold a regular position at the UL, that the Faculty is committed to a position in Department X, for the integration of the applicant, in accordance with the procedures laid down in the collective agreements

The letter must complement the letter from the Director of the research unit and must be limited to 3 pages and to the aforementioned points.

Written report of the faculty selection Committee

Signed by all the members of the Committee, and indicating how the requirements relating to the recruitment and nomination of the Canada Research Chairs program have been filled. The report must be accompanied by the form Institutional Attestation - Recruitment and Nomination Process signed by the dean or a vice-dean.

One report and one form are required regardless of the number of candidates nominated by the faculty.

Letter of support from the Director of the research unit where the candidate will be integrated

(director of affiliated institute/research center, axis director, UL Institute, research center, or department director)

This letter must:

  • Present how the chair application will fit into the existing scientific program of the research unit
  • Present the chair’s contribution in terms of capacity building and added value for the research unit. Reflecting the applicant’s vision for the research chair, the letter must explain how the chair will help build capacity in an emerging field or strengthen capacity in a developed field; how the chair will serve as a lever taking research to a higher level; how the chair will help disseminate research; what steps will be taken to help establish Université Laval as a leader in the field in question.
  • Describe clearly the contributions and support (financial or other in-kind) from the research unit

Only one letter of support from the research unit can be presented and must be limited to 3 pages. In case of affiliations with multiple research units, one joint letter will be accepted and must complement the letter of support from the dean.

Other items

  • A curriculum vitae. Use the CRC CV which includes 2 sections:
    • The CRC CV form available in the CRC Portal
    • CV attachment as set out by the CRC (see the format on pages 4–8 of the CRC CV form)
  • The UL self-identification form (see Appendix 3 – text only available in French). The information provided is kept confidential.
  • A complete or summary description of the research program (3–6 pages) as set out in sections 2a to 2f of the CRC nomination form.

For more information

Application call process

Jean-Philippe Marquis
Research Development Advisor
Office of the Vice Rector, Research and Innovation
418 656-2131, ext 408878

Recruitment process and EDI matters

Patricia Neitthoffer
Equity Officer
Office of the Vice Rector, Human Resources
418 656-2131, ext 400033