Western Clusters of Research Excellence

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Fostering Excellence at Western

Western is committed to fostering an environment where innovation and world-class research thrive.

As part of this effort, the University is investing in personnel, resources and infrastructure to attract, retain and mentor future leaders, while continuing to produce interdisciplinary research that has tangible benefits for social, health, economic and cultural well-being across the globe.

Western is pleased to introduce two new programs of excellence that support its mandate of expanding research capacity and impact at the global scale within specific, strategic areas of established research strength. These include:

The Western Clusters of Research Excellence program

The Western Clusters of Research Excellence program supports the development of up to four internationally prominent clusters of research and training. These Clusters are expected to provide a sustainable platform for:

  • Interdisciplinary, cross-faculty/institutional collaborative research programs;
  • Pooling of skills, expertise and infrastructure;
  • Promoting cutting-edge, internationally competitive research in major areas of significant societal importance;
  • Providing exceptional training environments for postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students; and
  • Attracting and retaining outstanding faculty, staff and students.

The University will invest $5 million over five years in each cluster, align Canada Research Chairs as justified, and provide additional support for strategically aligned endowed chairs. These funds are available for:

  • Recruitment of tenure-track faculty members, using the selection procedures set out for Canada Research Chair appointments;
  • Graduate student and postdoctoral fellow support and training programs;
  • Administrative, technical and operational support;
  • Infrastructure and facility support and development; and
  • Outreach and scholarly activities.

Proposals for Western Clusters of Research Excellence were invited following consultation with deans and Research Western, resulting in the identification of two Western Clusters of Research Excellence: Cognitive Neuroscience and Musculoskeletal Health.

The Western Research Chairs program

Modeled after the Canada Research Chairs program, and in direct support of Cluster development, the Western Research Chairs program will lead to the recruitment of up to 10 mid- to senior-level researchers to build capacity, enhance collaborative and interdisciplinary research and produce research results with global implications.

  • Provides $200K annually for five years for up to 10 new appointments, and up to $500K (discipline dependent) in start-up funds, leveraged with the CFI-LOF, as allowed; and
  • Each Cluster may propose up to three Western Research Chairs.

Current Western Research Chairs

  • Cognitive Neuroscience: Ingrid Johnsrude
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: Tim Bussey
  • Cognitive Neuroscience: Jörn Diedrichsen
  • Musculoskeletal Health: Michele Battié

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