Competition Results


Competition 3


Phase 2 Results

Eight new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) were funded in the third competition of the CERC program. Nominations were carefully reviewed by external experts, a review panel of Canadian and international experts, and a selection board composed of distinguished Canadian and international leaders. Funding decisions were approved by the CERC steering committee.

The following eight new Chairs have been announced as a result of this competition:

Dorthe Dahl-Jensen
University of Manitoba | NSERC
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Ice, Freshwater Marine Coupling and Climate Change

Ursula Eicker
Concordia University | NSERC
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities

Lara Mahal
University of Alberta | NSERC
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Glycomics

Katja Mombaur
University of Waterloo | NSERC
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence

Vincent Mooser
McGill University | CIHR
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Genomic Medicine: Genes to Drug Targets for Next-Generation Therapies

Orlando Rojas
The University of British Columbia | NSERC
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Forest Bioproducts

Sriram Subramaniam
The University of British Columbia | CIHR
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design

Anna Triandafyllidou
Ryerson University | SSHRC
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration


Phase 1 Results

A total of 54 applications were reviewed by external experts, review panels of Canadian and international experts, and finally a selection board of distinguished Canadian and international leaders. Each application was assigned to one of the following review panels:

  • environment, climate change, and clean and sustainable technologies;
  • health and life sciences;
  • information and communications technologies; and
  • social inclusion and innovative society.

The CERC steering committee approved the final selection of 11 applications.

Institutions invited to submit nominations for Phase 2

The following institutions are invited to nominate world-leading researchers to fill the 11 proposed chairs listed:

Concordia University

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities

McGill University
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Genomic Medicine: Genes to drug targets for next-generation therapies

Ryerson University
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration

University of Alberta
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Glycomics

The University of British Columbia
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Forest Bioproducts
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design

University of Manitoba
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Sea Ice, Freshwater-Marine Coupling and Climate Change

Université de Montréal
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Machine Learning for Artificial Intelligence

University of Toronto
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cardiac Regeneration
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Gravity of Fundamental Astrophysics Research

University of Waterloo
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence




Competition 2


Phase 2 Results

Ten new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) were funded in the second competition of the CERC Program. Nominations were carefully reviewed by external experts, a review panel of Canadian and international experts, and a selection board composed of distinguished Canadian and international leaders. Funding decisions were approved by the CERC steering committee. 

The following ten new chairs have been announced as a result of this competition:

Steven Bryant
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs
University of Calgary

Luda Diatchenko
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics
McGill University

Vincenzo Di Marzo
Canada Research Excellence Chair in the Microbiome-Endocannabinoidome Axis in Metabolic Health
Université Laval

Gilles Gerbier
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Astroparticle Physics
Queen’s University

Jennifer Hoffman
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Materials and Devices Based on Oxide Heterostructures
The University of British Columbia

Leon Kochian
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Food Systems and Security
University of Saskatchewan

Andrea Lodi
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for Real-Time Decision-Making
Polytechnique Montréal

Pierre Marquet
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Neurophotonics
Université Laval

Robin Rogers
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals
McGill University

Erik Snowberg
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data-Intensive Methods in Economics
The University of British Columbia


Phase 1 Results

A total of 46 proposals were carefully reviewed by external experts, a review panel of Canadian and international experts, and finally a selection board comprised of distinguished Canadian and international leaders.

The CERC steering committee approved the final selection of 11 applications, which were invited to submit a Phase 2 nomination. Universities had the opportunity to nominate world-leading researchers to fill the proposed chairs.

In Phase 1, universities had to submit a recruitment strategy, which was evaluated by the review panel. To help universities succeed in Phase 2, the review panel prepared a Recruitment Best Practices report.

Universities invited to Phase 2 competition (Number of successful proposals)