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Academics and researchers

IOSH Research Programme

Together we can discover ways to improve practice for a safer, healthier world of work

Our Research Programme aims to develop, support and promote research that can enhance health and safety in the world of work through evidence-based studies. 

Since creating our research fund in 2003, we have funded a wealth of occupational safety and health research which informs policy and practice across all sectors. We also draw from other sources of academic and authoritative knowledge to achieve our aims. 

Ways to get involved

There are several ways you can get involved with our research activities. 

  • Researchers - if we do not have an open call for proposals, you can sign up to our mailing list and you will be notified about future research funding opportunities.  
  • Peer reviewers – we’re looking for specialists with expertise in a particular subject area who can assess research proposals or review reports before they are published. We use our peer review process to assure the positions and practices we communicate are based on quality, robust science. 
  • Research study participants - sometimes our research requires individuals or organisations to participate in the study. This could take the form of interviews, surveys or focus groups, with which you and your organisations can engage.

Find out more about how you can get involved.

Research projects funded

We commission a range of projects to establish evidence for health and safety policies and practice. Our research has focused on a broad range of industries and has explored topics such as:  

  • health and wellbeing - key elements of successful interventions 
  • organisational change  
  • OSH performance and reporting 
  • learning and training methodologies.

Historically, we have been particularly interested in research which, where possible, leads to the development of practical resources (e.g., guidance, tools, or case studies) that are useful to the workplace.  

Typically, successful applications funded through our annual research competition have ranged between £50,000 and £150,000.

Call for proposals 2022

Our call for proposals 2022 is open. We are accepting applications for proposals from experienced researchers to explore and influence the adoption of occupational safety and health as a universal/basic/fundamental right at work.  

Find out more about our research programme

Who we are

The Research Programme at IOSH comprises a number of different research activities in and around the field of occupational safety and health. 

Our research fund was established in 2003. Since then, we have regularly commissioned research projects exploring timely, interdisciplinary, and globally relevant occupational safety and health topics.  

Alongside the work we do managing funded research projects, our team possesses subject matter expertise in various fields including occupational safety, occupational health, emerging workplace technologies, and wellbeing. 

Members of the team are regularly involved in research including research monitoring and reporting, attending at conferences and events, and advising on the research activities of others. 

Frequently asked questions

How can I contact the IOSH Research Programme directly?

Most of the information about the Research Programme is contained on these pages. If you’re still unable to find what you’re looking for, please direct other enquiries to rfunding@iosh.com.

Does IOSH fund research studentships?

Currently, we don’t consider studentship applications. However, as part of the research team, members can involve post-doctoral research assistants or be involved in supervised work that’s part of a larger study and leads to a higher degree (e.g., PhD).

When is the next research call?

IOSH commissions research on an ad hoc basis. If you wish to be notified about future research calls, please email rfunding@iosh.com to request this.

Can I become involved as a peer reviewer even if I am not currently doing any research?

We welcome academic reviewers with relevant experience and non-academic reviewers with both subject matter expertise and a suitable knowledge and understanding of research methods. Details will be kept on file and reviewers will be contacted if or when suitable opportunities arise.

Does IOSH consider requests for speakers, to participate on research project steering groups, to respond to a research survey etc?

We are a small team and have limited resources, but are open to requests where appropriate. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and according to the information provided. Please direct your enquiry to our Customer Service Team (csc@iosh.com) with as much information as you are able to provide.