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2016-17 Research Opportunities Program
Call For Research Proposals

  • Content last reviewed: June 2017

The Research Opportunities Program is currently on hold and not accepting applications. The Prevention Office is currently undertaking a review of its grants programs. Please check back here for any future updates related to the status of these programs.


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.

The ROP offers two funding streams:

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 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)

Project duration: up to 18 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 directly address specific well-defined workplace needs. The workplace need, research question, and research design must be 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.
  • should enhance the capacity of:
    • researchers to collaborate with workplaces and involve them in research,
    • workplace parties to express needs that could give rise to research questions and projects,
    • prevention organizations to work with researchers, and
    • researchers and prevention organizations to deliver useful products to workplaces.

Important dates

Information session: September 28, 2016 (conference call)

Proposal due date: December 5, 2016

Application package

  1. 2016-2017 Research Opportunities Program Guidelines
  2. Research for the Workplace Application Form
  3. Evidence for Practice Application Form
  4. Research Opportunities Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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 December 5, 2016. Late submissions will be disqualified.

Submission Instructions:

  1. Produce one original package comprising Sections 1-9 and Appendices A-C. Include three (3) 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 December 9, 2016, please contact

Information Session

Information sessions will be held by teleconference on September 28, 2016 in both English and French. If you wish to attend the September 28th teleconference, please send an email to identifying your language preference no later than September 21, 2016. The Prevention Office will provide you with the teleconferencing details and time upon confirmation.

Contact Information

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

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