The following principles guide the university CRC process:
- As per CRC requirements, proposals must align with the university Strategic Research Plan (SRP).
- The allocation and hiring process, and composition of the university CRC cohort must respect the equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) criteria of both the CRC program and the university.
- CRC positions should be used to recruit outstanding faculty to the university. Use of a Chair for retention is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.
- All Chairs that are not renewed, or become otherwise vacant, will revert back centrally to the university for reallocation, in accordance with these principles.
- All Chairs should normally have the opportunity to apply once, and only once, for renewal. This limits the term of T2 Chairs to 10 years and T1 Chairs to 14 years. Chairs who start at SFU with a T2 chair and apply for a T1 chair on renewal may serve for up to 12 years (i.e. 5+7).
- The university should endeavour to make full use of its allocation each year.
- A T2 candidate should show potential to grow into a leader in their research field. As a guideline, T2 candidates should be in the top 10% of their field among candidates at similar stage of career.
- A T1 candidate should be an internationally recognized leader in their field of study and should also be a leader in the university as a whole.
NORMAL PROCEDURES FOR ALLOCATION OF CHAIRS WITHIN SFU
The allocation of CRCs to the university is set by the eligible Tri-Agency funding obtained by SFU researchers in the preceding three years. In recognition of this, the current practice is to allocate a portion (e.g., 2/3) of SFU CRC positions to Faculties according to the fraction of Tri-Agency funding obtained in that Faculty. These positions should be written into the 3-year hiring plan for the respective Faculty, after consultation with the Associate Vice-President, Research (AVPR). Any of these positions which remain unfilled for more than 1 year will revert back to the pool of centrally held chairs as described below unless the delay is the result of a failed search. Failed searches will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
The remainder of the CRC positions (e.g., 1/3) are held centrally, to be allocated in response to strategic university priorities. There are two recommended paths for allocating a centrally held Chair:
1. A Dean (or set of Deans) identifies an area and/or a specific candidate which they believe addresses a strategic university priority. This proposal is then brought forth to the AVPR for discussion.
2. The Vice-President, Research and International (VPRI) and Provost identify a priority area and approach the Deans Council to determine which Faculties wish to be involved in the search. Interested Faculties will be invited to participate in the Search Committee. One or more of the interested Faculties will then host the selected candidate.
An allocation of an SFU CRC must be approved by the relevant Dean(s), the VPRI and the Provost.
It should be noted that all externally funded Chairs are subject to Articles 42.67-42.71 of the SFU Faculty Association Collection Agreement. These articles state that Chair positions must be reviewed by the VPA who makes recommendations to the President regarding appointments.
It is important to recognize that SFU has a long history of under-utilizing its allocation of chairs. This has resulted in a loss of university research and teaching capacity as well as forgone federal funding of typically $1M-$2M per year. Aggressive use of the university CRC allocation to attract exceptional researchers in strategic areas should be encouraged.
The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is committed to excellence in research and achieving a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive research enterprise. In furtherance of this commitment the CRCP required all institutions to develop EDI action plans and has established EDI requirements and practices for the CRC nomination process. SFU’s EDI Action Plan outlines objectives designed to improve elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion among chairholders; procedures for allocating chairs will reflect SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and consider the recommended objectives outlined in SFU’s action plan. An update on SFU's progress on the objectives of the EDI Action Plan can be found here under Public Reports.