Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Chairs

NSERC Industrial Research Chairs are intended 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 the industry; 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 need; provide an enhanced experiential learning environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows, by exposing them to research challenges unique to partnerships, and by providing them with the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with partnering organizations. Chairs are jointly funded by the NSERC and the private sector. Ministries, departments, and agencies from the federal and provincial governments can also contribute to funding the chair.