Selection Process


Canada Excellence Research Chairs are awarded through a highly competitive, two-stage process:

  • In Phase 1, Canadian institutions compete for the opportunity to establish Canada Excellence Research Chairs at their institution.
  • In Phase 2, short-listed institutions nominate leading researchers to these positions.
Multilevel Peer Review

Proposals undergo a multilevel peer review process in each phase that may include evaluation by external experts, assessment by one or more review panels and/or a strategic review by a selection board. Final approval is granted by the program's steering committee.