[From the McGill Reporter, “16 Canada Research Chairs for McGill,” by Kathryn Jezer-Morton]
“On Friday, Dec. 2, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced over $173 million in funding for 203 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at universities across Canada. Sixteen CRCs went to McGill faculty. Eleven of McGill’s new CRCs went to women, which reflects the national trend; this cohort is among the highest percentage of women ever, at 38 per cent.”
One of the McGill CRCs is Prof. Ipek Tureli: Tier 2 – Canada Research Chair in Architectures of Spatial Justice.
“CRCs are granted to outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. The CRC program was created to enable Canadian universities to attract and retain established and emerging world-class researchers. McGill research projects that will benefit from the new funds include those investigating the genetics of pain and childhood disability, as well as the ecology of the arctic and engineered quantum systems.
“’I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the new and renewed Canada Research Chairs,’ said Minister Duncan. ‘The Government of Canada is proud to support talented researchers whose hard work will improve our scientific understanding and strengthen Canada’s reputation for research excellence. The Chairs’ efforts will also provide us with the evidence needed to inform decisions that help us build a vibrant society and a strong middle class.’
“There are two types of Canada Research Chairs. Tier 1 Chairs are tenable for seven years and renewable. Each Tier 1 Chair is valued at $200,000 annually. Tier 2 Chairs, valued at $100,000 annually for five years with one opportunity for renewal, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. Seven new Tier 2 Chairs and four new Tier 1 Chairs were granted to McGill researchers in this round. Five McGill researchers were granted renewals on their Tier 1 and Tier 2 awards.
“’McGill is grateful for the ongoing support of the Canada Research Chairs program, which helps us to attract some of the most innovative thinkers and researchers from around the world and helps to keep Canadian research at the global cutting edge,’ said McGill’s Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) Rosie Goldstein. ‘Congratulations to our latest cohort for this valuable recognition of their work.’”