Chairs, awards and prizes


Research chairs are a vital way of promoting a discipline, a strategic area or even an experienced researcher's program that has earned peer endorsement for its impact. Our research chairs are exceptional teachers and researchers who are always pushing the boundaries of knowledge in their fields. Research chairs are allocated partly based on research programs, but also based on sustained contribution to education, student mentoring and collaboration with other researchers.

Canada Research Chairs - CRC

The Canada Research Chair program is an initiative of the three federal research funding agencies (the “tri-council”: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) and is part of a national strategy to strengthen Canada’s competitiveness in research and development. Chairholders are recognized for their excellence in research in their field of study, as well as their ability to train highly qualified staff.

  • Jennifer Brunet CRC Tier II in Physical Activity Promotion for Cancer Prevention and Survivorship
  • Roanne Thomas CRC in Qualitative Health Research with Marginalized Populations
University Research Chairs - URC

University Research Chairs recognize sustained or potential research excellence and productivity, leading to international recognition in an area of research aligned with the University’s strategic areas of development in research.

Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie

The Research Chairs in Canadian Francophonie were established to solidify the position of the University of Ottawa as a leader for Canadian Francophone communities.

  • Marie-Claude Thifault, Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Health
  • Jacinthe Savard, University of Ottawa/Institut du Savoir Montfort Joint Chair on the Health of Francophones in Ontario
Endowed and Sponsored Research Chairs

These chairs were established through the generous contributions of individuals, groups, corporations or agencies in support of the significant achievements of these researchers:

  • Wendy Gifford, Marie des Anges Loyer DaSilva Chair in Community and Public Health Nursing
  • Pascal Imbeault, Montfort Research Chair in Physical and Mental Comorbidities
  • Linda McLean, Chair in Women`s Health Research
  • Patrick O'Byrne, Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Chair in Public Health and HIV Prevention

Awards and Prizes

We are proud to recognize the following recipients of prestigious provincial, national and international prizes and awards.

New Investigator Awards

CIHR New Investigator Awards support early career investigators to initiate research programs in a health-related field.

Early Researcher Awards

These competitive awards were created by the Government of Ontario to support new researchers as they establish their research teams and research programs.


Career Development Award, Canadian Cancer Society

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

John Charles Polyani Prize — Council of Ontario Universities

Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario, Research Award

Ontario Premier Research Excellence Award

Order of Canada

Pfizer Award for Excellence in Nursing Research

Practice/Academy Innovative Collaboration Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Royal Society of Canada — The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

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