Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Canada Research Chair Special Call: Frequently Asked Questions

March 12, 2019


What is the Canada Research Chair Program?

The Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP) is part of a national strategy to foster research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences through the allocation of research chairs to Canadian universities. The CRCP is a tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (the agencies). It is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). 

Please consult the website ( for full program information.


Is the special call restricted to specific research areas?

The special call is open to research in all areas, and is not restricted to any one of the three funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC).  One of the four chairs will be designated as an NSERC CRC.


How many Canada Research Chairs are held by researchers who self-identify as women? 

The CRCP equity goals for Queen’s University and the number of chair holders for each of the Four Designated Groups (FDGs) are summarized in the chart below – these data can also be found on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices Canada Research Chairs website.  The information in the table below reflects the number of active, publicly announced Chairs who self-identified, using the I Count Queen’s Equity Census, as members of the Four Designated Groups, as of January 1, 2019.


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Indigenous Peoples

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*Numbers lower than five were removed to protect the privacy of Canada Research Chair holders.


Can Queen’s faculty self-nominate themselves for a CRC chair?

Yes, any researcher who meets the eligibility criteria can submit an application in response to this special call.  There is no selection at either the departmental or faculty level.  All eligible applicants will be considered by the central adjudication panel.


Must the applicant hold a tenure-track or tenured position? 

Yes. Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment at Queen’s as an Assistant or Associate Professor in the tenured/tenure-stream or have a signed offer for a full-time tenure-stream position that starts no later than July 1, 2020.


What are the eligibility requirements?

Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars, and the successful candidate must meet the requirements for the position of Tier 2 Chair as defined by the CRC program:

  • be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity;
  • have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years;
  • as chairholders, have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers;
  • be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.

Tier 2 CRC Candidates are normally expected to hold a major peer-reviewed grant as a Principal Investigator (PI) from one of the tri-agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) or to have received equivalent funding. Those who have only recently become eligible for funding as a PI will be expected to have applied or to apply for such funding.


Why are researchers who self-identify as women and not other of the four designated groups (FDG) highlighted in this special call?  Why aren’t other equity seeking groups beyond the FDG included in this special call?

At present, Queen’s University is required to use the categories of the four designated groups as designated by the CRC program, as the CRC Secretariat uses these categories to assess how institutions meet equity, diversity and inclusion goals.  TIPS has identified a gap within this particular group at Queen’s University.  This initiative follows the provisions for a special program as described by the Ontario Human Rights Commission


Can I apply without self-identifying? What is the process to self-identify?

Consistent with the terms of this special call, the central adjudication panel will only review applications that have completed the self-identification form.  Applicants will be sent a link to the self-identification form upon receipt of their application.


Are any provisions made in the CRC program for the impact of career interruptions or particular experiences?

Yes. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and where career interruptions exist — such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc. — may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed.  Please contact Queen’s University Research Services (Mary Purcell at: or x36878) for more information regarding eligibility and to discuss the justification process.

In addition, the impact of certain circumstances (including but not limited to parental leave, family responsibilities, illness, disability, research in emerging fields, limited access to resources) that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application.


Is there a preference for certain disciplines for this special call?

No. This call is open to all fields of study.


Whom should I contact if I have questions/concerns regarding equity, diversity and inclusion in research?

The CRC Executive committee has the responsibility of monitoring concerns and to work collaboratively with the Provost's office and deans/chairs to address concerns or complaints if they do arise. To report a concern to the CRC Executive committee, please contact:

Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice Principal Research
Richardson Hall Room 215

Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion):
74 University Avenue, Room 353, Richardson Hall
Queen's University at Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Phone: + 1 (613) 533-2020

Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)
Human Rights Office
B506 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Telephone: (613) 533-6886


Whom should I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact Mary Purcell at University Research Services: or x 36878.