Ontario Research Chairs in Environmental Science

Please see attached documents:
RFP - Ontario Research Chairs in Green Chemistry and Engineering
RFP - Ontario Research Chair in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health

PDAD&C #41, 2009-10


TO: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:     Professor R. Paul Young, Vice-President, Research
DATE: 19th November 2009
RE: Ontario Research Chairs in Environmental Science

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has recently announced that it will be launching a competition, on behalf of the Ontario government, for three Ontario Research Chairs in environmental science. I am writing to bring this opportunity to your attention and to solicit expressions of interest.

Two of the three chairs will provide $250,000/annum for five years and will focus on “green chemistry and green engineering” in order to develop greener approaches and processes to support industry in the transition to a green economy. These chairs will identify and address barriers to commercialization including furthering research into safer alternatives to toxic substances and production processes. They will also help build Ontario’s capacity in this field by training a new generation of green chemists and engineers. The third chair, in Renewable Energy Technologies and Health, will provide $300,000/annum for five years and will focus first on emerging science and technology related to wind turbines, and then will explore the potential health effects from renewable energy.

The formal call has just been issued and is attached. If you think that your department may be interested in participating in this competition, please notify MayLiza Baak (m.baak@utoronto.ca; 978-7605) by November 25th.

For both competitions, the RFP specifies that if an existing faculty member is nominated for the chair, “the Panel will consider other proposals for attaining the objective of augmenting overall capacity in Ontario, e.g., the university should treat the funding as incremental – if an existing faculty member is nominated as the chair, it is anticipated that the funding would not be allocated to his/her salary and benefits but rather to hiring postdocs or junior faculty to assist in the research, or directed in some other way to the research program itself.” A university may make one submission to each competition. The institutional proposal must be sponsored by the Executive Head of the university.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 8, 2010. The Selection Panel will make its decisions by Friday, February 12, 2010.

The University of Toronto was successful in attracting three of eight Ontario Research Chairs in the 2005 competition. We anticipate attracting at least one of these three new chairs to UOT with your help.