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2015-16 Research Opportunities Program
Call For Research Proposals

  • Issued: July 13, 2015
  • Content last reviewed: July 2015


The Research Opportunities Program's (ROP) objective is to invest in research and knowledge dissemination projects that focus on occupational health and safety system priorities.

Program overview

Please note that this information is provided as an overview only, interested applicants should review the ROP Guidelines for more information.

There are currently two funding opportunities available:

Research for the Workplace (R4W)

Project duration: 12-24 months

Funding available: maximum of $150,000 annually (up to $300,000 per proposal)


R4W awards are for fully developed research proposals that:

  • have clearly specified innovative research question(s) and detailed methodology;
  • have identified a research team and the measurement tools the team proposes to use;
  • explore new research or a next phase of a completed pilot project;
  • have secured such access to information and workplaces as will be required;
  • have the support of all relevant parties; and,
  • demonstrate a commitment to collaboration with occupational health and safety system partners, knowledge users, and relevant stakeholders.

Evidence for Practice (E4P)

Project duration: up to 12 months

Funding available: maximum of $60,000 per proposal


E4P awards are intended for projects that:

  • build innovative partnerships among workplaces, researchers, and prevention organizations to address specific workplace needs; or,
  • develop completed research into practical applications and/or solutions, while creating partnerships among workplaces, researchers and prevention organizations.

Important dates

Information session: August 6, 2015 (conference call)

Proposal due date: October 9, 2015

Application process

Please send your completed application, along with all other required materials outlined in the application form to:

Research Opportunities Program
Transfer Partner and Research Funding Unit
Strategy and Integration Branch
Prevention Office
Ministry of Labour
10 Dundas Street East, 8th floor
Toronto, ON  M7A 0B2

Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 9, 2015. Late submissions will be disqualified.

Submission Instructions:

  1. Produce one original package comprising Sections 1-9 and Appendices A-C. Include ten (10) double-sided copies of the original package.
  2. Include a USB drive containing a complete electronic version of the application in PDF format. The electronic file should be named using the following format: “Last Name of PI_First Initial_Org Name_Stream (R4W or E4P)”. Please limit the number of files on the USB drive to three or fewer.
  3. The original package, double-sided copies and USB drive must be sent by courier, registered mail or delivered in person to the address above.

The Transfer Partner and Research Funding unit will acknowledge receipt of all applications by e-mail. If you do not receive an acknowledgement by noon on October 16, 2015, please contact

Information Session

Information sessions will be held by teleconference on August 6, 2015 in both English and French. If you wish to attend the August 6th teleconference, please send an email to identifying your language preference no later than July 29, 2015. The Prevention Office will provide you with the teleconferencing details and time upon confirmation.

Contact Information

Any questions related to the 2015-16 Research Opportunities Program should be directed to:

Transfer Partner and Research Funding Unit
Telephone: 416-212-6518