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Industrial Research Chairs

Industrial Research Chair (IRC) Grants that are jointly funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Industry, for a term of five years. Within this term limit, the researchers who have been awarded this position are expected to:

  • assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in natural sciences and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
  • assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in Canadian universities but for which there is an important industrial need; and
  • provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).

An IRC grant provides funding for the salary of the Chairholder, infrastructure, research tools and instruments, and general expenses related to the Chair’s program of research.

Currently Trents Industrial Research Chairs are: