Creation of new research centres and institutes

Call for expression of interest (open).

The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and innovation. Research centres and institutes provide valuable platforms for the exchange of ideas among researchers, both within and across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Knowledge creation and transmission within these collaborative environments fuels advances in research and innovation, while providing a common point of focus for researchers and students.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) invites teams of interdisciplinary and multifaculty researchers to submit a letter of intent if they wish to establish a research centre or institute as designated by the University, and to receive annual funding from the OVPRI for its operations. Funding is conditional on a satisfactory report that must be submitted once every two years to the OVPRI.

  • A research centre is a multi-faculty and interdisciplinary unit whose main objective is to foster research excellence through its activities and to support knowledge mobilization activities.
  • A research institute is a multi-faculty and interdisciplinary unit whose main purpose is to foster research excellence through its activities and to support knowledge mobilization activities, while engaging in training activities (e.g., development and implementation of interdisciplinary study programs, professional development programs, internship opportunities in collaboration with partner organizations, mini-courses, etc.).

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)

The University of Ottawa is committed to fostering a research environment that respects and values diversity and inclusion and provides equal opportunity for everyone. Research centre and institute administration and activities must comply with the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Important dates

  • December 15, 2022 : Deadline to submit a letter of intent
  • January 2023 : Evaluation and selection of the letters of intent (a maximum of two letters of intent will be retained. Applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal)
  • February - April 2023 : Development of the full proposals (including support letters)
  • April 30, 2023 : Deadline to submit the full proposal
  • May 2023 : Presentation to the Research committee
  • June 2023 : Official announcement of the creation of the centre or institute; and of the director.

Eligibility

  • The principal investigator must be a regular professor at the University of Ottawa.
  • The research team must include regular professors from at least three faculties.
  • The faculties involved must be ready to contribute to centre or institute operations (e.g., financial contribution, course releases for the director, workspace, administrative support).
  • Alignment of activities of the member researchers with the research areas of at least two of the three funding agencies is an asset.

Selection criteria

The evaluation of letters of intent and full proposals (by invitation only) is guided by the following criteria:

How to apply

Interested research teams must submit a letter of intent to the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation at [email protected].

If you have any questions about this competition, please contact Martine Lagacé – [email protected], Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion and Development or France Goulet - [email protected], Executive Advisor.

Letter of intent (maximum three pages and a letter of support)

Full proposal - by invitation only (maximum 10 pages, appendices and letters of support)

Membership categories for a research centre or institute

The Office of the Vice-President, Research recognizes multiple membership categories within research centres and institutes. The following list is not exhaustive.