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Research Grants

  • Content last reviewed: September 2016

The Ministry of Labour strategically invests in occupational health and safety research to:

  • improve health and safety for Ontario workplaces,
  • enhance delivery of effective occupational health and safety services and products, and
  • strengthen the occupational health and safety system in Ontario.

The Ministry provides two types of occupational health and safety research investments:

1. Research Opportunities Program (ROP)

The Research Opportunities Program provides strategic investments to:

  • occupational health and safety research projects
  • knowledge translation / exchange projects that focus on identified occupational health and safety system priorities

2. Specialized Research Centres

The Ministry provides funding support to four specialized occupational health and safety research centres:

Ministry research funding opportunities

Research Opportunities Program

The ROP comprises two research streams:

Research for the Workplace

R4W proposals:

  • may be for 12-24 months in duration, maximum of $150,000 annually (up to $300,000 per proposal)
  • are intended for 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
    • 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 proposals:

  • may be for up to 18 months in duration, maximum of $60,000 per proposal
  • are intended for projects that:
    • build innovative partnerships among workplaces, researchers and prevention organizations to directly address specific, well-defined workplace needs,
    • have workplace needs, research questions, and research designs that were identified and developed through collaboration with workplaces, prevention organizations, and researchers, and
    • support the development of existing research findings into practical applications and / or solutions, while creating partnerships among workplaces, researchers and prevention organizations

The Research Opportunities Program uses an external peer review model, the international best practice standard for research funding, to ensure that the highest quality proposals are supported. The review process also includes an assessment of proposals' strategic value, impact, and relevance.

All applications must provide details regarding how an investment in their research would benefit the Ontario occupational health and safety system and support strategic priorities.

For more information please contact:

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

Telephone: 416 212-6518
E-mail: researchgrants@ontario.ca