Research chairs

Research chairs at UVic

Research Chairs are world-class faculty whose positions are supported by targeted funding from a funding agency or benefactor.

Research Chair positions are used to attract and retain the best research talent from around the world. Research Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields through their research and teaching.

The Canada Research Chairs program helps universities to attract and retain the best talent from around the world, assisting universities like the University of Victoria to achieve research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, not only through their own work, but also by teaching and supervising students and coordinating the work of other researchers.

UVic currently holds 36 Canada Research Chairs. Information on UVic's CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative is also available.

Canada 150 Research Chairs

The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program, announced in Budget 2017, aims to enhance Canada's reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It provided Canadian institutions with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers to Canada. 

University of Victoria - Canada 150 Research Chair

Ian Manners
Canada 150 Research Chair in Materials Science

Creating tiny particles with dimensions of about 10 to 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair—with control over their shape, size and composition, and therefore their properties—is a major global challenge, with crucial significance for advancing many technologies. Ian Manners has pioneered a new way to do so by using simple polymer molecules, in controlled crystallization in a solution. Dr. Manners is working to develop and expand this approach, to enable both fundamental scientific advances and applications in areas such as displays, electronics and biomedicine.

Manners group website

Learn more about the program on the Canada 150 website

Endowed academic positions are established through the generosity of benefactors who understand the need to support research excellence while providing programs and special initiatives that promote enlightened inquiry and discourse with students.

Endowed positions attract distinguished scholars of international calibre and bring distinction to the individual holding the chair, the university and the benefactor.

Learn how you can support UVic’s research mission through an endowed position.