Support our research
Help us to create a safer, healthier world of work
We develop, support and promote research that improves safety and health in the workplace through evidence-based studies. Our research fund was created in 2003 and we're proud to fund a wealth of research that informs policy and practice across all sectors.
Our research programme
We commission a range of projects to establish evidence for health and safety policies and practice on many occupational safety and health (OSH) topics. We often focus on research that leads to the development of practical resources for the workplace, such as guidance, tools and case studies.
Our research team includes subject-matter experts involved in:
- research monitoring and reporting
- attending conferences and events
- advising on the research activities of others.
Our research is overseen by a panel of IOSH-appointed experts and OSH professionals who provide specialist research-related advice to uphold our rigorous process for the commissioning of research.
Researchers can sign-up to be notified of funding opportunities. We will match you to the most suitable opportunities based on your organisation size, availability and specialists skills so please provide as much detail as possible.
Calls for research
Our latest call for research closed in February 2024. We asked experienced researchers to apply for funding on these three topics:
- investigation of work-related adverse health outcomes in the workplace (including physical and mental ill health): barriers, facilitators and guidance
- occupational health training for occupational safety and health professionals: context, challenges, and opportunities
- algorithmic management and occupational safety health risks in a digital workplace.
Our call for research in 2022 asked for proposals related to the adoption of occupational safety and health as a universal, basic or fundamental right at work.
We're looking for experts in a particular subject area who can assess research proposals or review reports before they are published. This includes academic reviewers with relevant experience and non-academic reviewers with both subject-matter expertise and a suitable knowledge and understanding of research methods.
Research study participants
Sometimes our research needs people or organisations to participate in a study. This could take the form of interviews, surveys or focus groups.
Register your interest
If you would like to work with us as a researcher, peer reviewer or research participant, please use this form to submit your details. We will match you to any suitable opportunities.
Unfortunately we are not able to fund studentship applications at this time.
Our work with other organisations
We sponsor, support, and provide advice for other organisations conducting research projects. We’re also members of several international research consortiums and act in an advisory capacity on other research projects.
Affinity Health at Work
This is a partnership between researchers and employer organisations, national institutions and interested individuals who support research in workplace wellbeing and employee engagement. Our involvement in the consortium is as a paid member and supporter. Visit the Affinity at Work website.
IOSH provides funding for cross-European projects with SAF€RA, a partnership between 16 research funding organizations from 12 European countries who collaborate on research programming and launch joint calls in the field of industrial safety.
MENTUPP is an EU-funded research project. The aim is to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace by developing, implementing and evaluating a multi-level intervention. It is focused on clinical and non-clinical mental-health issues and reducing the stigma of mental ill-health in specific occupational sectors and small and medium-sized organisations.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for about our research activities, please contact our research team on email@example.com.