University of Ottawa Investing $1.6 Million to Support and Diversify Research Chairs

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The University of Ottawa is taking new steps to support its researchers’ exceptional work by awarding and renewing a series of internal research chairs.

Besides the four new internal research chairs awarded at the beginning of the year and the two renewed chairs, six additional University Research Chairs (URCs) will enhance research excellence at the University. This announcement stems from the 2021 redesign of the URC program by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. The purpose of the redesign was to promote a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity and research excellence at the University of Ottawa while eliminating barriers to participation among members of under-represented groups in research (women, Indigenous persons, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, disabled persons and LGBTQI2S+ persons) by incorporating principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as recommendations from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessmentnorth_eastexternal link into the program. 

“This major investment by the University in research will enable 12 internal research chairs and their teams to achieve discoveries in such diverse fields as sustainable bio-innovation, nanopores, health, entrepreneurship and communications. It testifies to our desire to consolidate our place among the best research-intensive universities in Canada and in the world,” Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, stated. “The program redesign will also spur innovative and interdisciplinary research by our faculty, in a spirit of inclusion, diversity and equity.” 

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