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2017-2018 Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program: Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program (OHSPIP)?

OHSPIP aims to support workplace-focused innovation projects and collaborative partnerships that lead to improvements in occupational health and safety in Ontario.

For more information on the program, including eligibility, priorities, funding, review process, and deadlines, please consult the OHSPIP Guidelines.

What if a proposed project addresses more than one priority?

Applicants should identify one main priority. They may refer to how they address other priorities within the body of the proposal.

Must a proposal address all of a priority’s focus areas?

No, an applicant can select one or more focus areas that relate to their chosen priority.

When will the OHSPIP awards be announced?

Funding decisions will be communicated to the applicants’ executive authority and the program administrator/key contact in the summer of 2017. The list of award recipients will also be announced sometime in the autumn of 2017.

Applications

Can a not-for-profit use OHSPIP funds to improve occupational health and safety within their organization?

OHSPIP is intended to support projects and programs that serve an identifiable constituency within the occupational health and safety system (e.g. youth, immigrant workers, workers facing a specific hazard). The program is not designed to provide financial support purely to help individual workplaces meet their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Can an applicant submit more than one proposal?

Yes, applicants may submit more than one proposal.

Can an applicant receive an award for more than one project?

There are no restrictions on the number of grants that may be awarded to a single organization.

Can an applicant submit an application for a project that does not include collaborations?

Yes, but applicants are strongly encouraged to establish collaborations.

Will you accept e-signatures?

No, the application form does not have the capability to accept e-signatures.

Budget

How important is it to have resources leveraged from non-OHSPIP sources?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to leverage resources (cash, cash equivalent and/or in-kind support) from non-OHSPIP sources. Preference will be given to proposals with other sources of funding identified.

Can an applicant purchase software with OHSPIP funds?

Yes, as long as the purchase is directly linked to the project.

Can an applicant in northern or rural Ontario exceed the 10% limit for travel due to the increased cost of transportation and distances travelled in the north?

The applicant should make a case for the travel costs in the proposal. Requests to exceed specified budget limits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Can an applicant use OHSPIP funds to cover costs incurred by collaboartors?

Yes, these costs should be clearly identified in the proposed budget. Applicants should ensure that cost-sharing arrangements with collaborators are made in advance.

Can conference costs be included in the budget and is there a limit?

Conference costs may be included as a budget item. Please indicate in your application how the conference will help knowledge dissemination and promotion activities. Travel costs must be identified separately and must stay within the amounts stipulated in the budget guidelines. While there is no specific limit, conference costs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis; preference will be given to conferences held within Ontario.

Post-Award

What is the start date of the projects?

The start date of the funded projects will be established through discussion with the successful applicants.

What are the reporting requirements of the OHSPIP?

The MOL is committed to collecting and disseminating information on the outputs and impacts of the projects it funds. Award recipients are expected to submit a progress report summarizing the outcomes and describing how the grant funds were used. A final report is also required at the end of the project.

Who will have ownership of the intellectual property developed by the successful applicants?

Applicants will retain all intellectual property rights.

How will the Prevention Office support successful applicants?

The Prevention Office will be available to answer any questions and to provide administrative support to successful applicants regarding their grant. The Prevention Office will also be available to connect recipients with the various members of the occupational health and safety system as necessary.

Who will have access to the information and tools developed by the OHSPIP-funded projects?

The MOL’s position is that greater access to occupational health and safety information will promote the ability of knowledge users to address significant occupational health and safety issues and challenges. The MOL will publicly post the final report of all completed projects.

Will unsuccessful applicants be provided with feedback?

Unsuccessful applicants can request feedback on their applications once the review process is completed. Please note that all funding decisions are final and that there is no appeal process.