Queen's University

Queen's awarded two elite research chair positions


Queen’s University has secured two of the 11 new Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) that are designed to attract world-class researchers to academic institutions across the country. The goal is to establish 20 such positions across Canada.

“I am extremely pleased at how successful we have been in securing the opportunity to attract and retain stellar researchers in areas where Queen's, and Canada, can lead the world in advancing knowledge and innovation,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research).  “These CERCs will build upon a foundation of research excellence that further advances Queen’s commitment to leading outstanding research programs, and providing the best research environment for  training and attracting the best faculty and students to the University.”

Each research chair position is worth $10 million over seven years.

The new research chairs at Queen’s will be in the areas of particle astrophysics and geofluids in sedimentary basins. The holders of those chairs will be named at a later date.

The funding reflects the federal government’s commitment to supporting research and innovation in areas that are vital to Canada’s future. Canada Excellence Research Chair holders are among the world’s most accomplished researchers. Their presence in Canada’s universities will position us at the forefront of innovative research.”

27 universities submitted 46 research proposals. 11 of these proposals were selected and 8 universities have now been invited to nominate researchers for the proposed projects.

The CERC program is a tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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