IOSH Research Fund

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

The IOSH Research Fund aims to develop 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.

Want to get involved?

Currently we are not considering research fund applications. However, if you would like to be notified about the next research funding opportunity to get involved, please email rfunding@iosh.com.

Once applications are open, you'll be able to submit a research proposal. We always encourage applications that propose collaborative research with other like-minded funding bodies and are particularly interested in research that addresses human capital and sustainability, non-health related fatalities, occupational cancer, return to work and rehabilitation, wellbeing, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Download our call for bids process.

Even though our research fund applications are closed, there are other opportunities for you to collaborate with us. By doing so, you’ll be contributing to a safer, healthier world of work. You can;

  • Be a peer reviewer - we’re looking for specialists in a particular subject matter 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.
  • Participate in a study - our research often requires individuals or organisations to participate in the study. This could take the form of interviews, surveys or focus groups, for example.

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How we support other organisations

Alongside our own research fund, we also sponsor and support other organisations doing research in occupational safety and health related areas.

The Affinity Health at Work research consortium
A collaboration between researchers and employer organisations, national institutions and interested individuals who support research in workplace wellbeing and employee engagement.

A partnership between research funding organisations from European countries who collaborate on research programming and launch joint calls in the field of industrial safety.

Research grants awarded

We commission a range of projects to establish evidence for health and safety policies and practice. Take a look!

Frequently asked questions

I’d like to apply for funding. Am I eligible?

Researchers who have a proven track record in high-quality research are eligible to apply for funding. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have the research and project management skills to lead a successful proposal to completion.

When can I apply for research funding?

We usually issue the ‘call for bids’ statement for the annual competition in mid-January. If you would like to receive an alert, please email rfunding@iosh.com and ask to be notified about the next annual competition.

What are the possible outcomes of my application?

Once we receive your application, we’ll either:

  • decline to support your application,
  • ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal, or
  • accept your proposal.

We may invite you to meet with staff and/or external advisers as part of the process. If we do, we’ll give you plenty of notice and the meeting may be held remotely, by video-conference or telephone.

Will I be given feedback on my application?

We will try to give some brief feedback, but due to the number of applications we receive this will not always be possible.

Will I need to submit my application by a specific time on the closing date?

We can receive submissions until midnight GMT on the closing date, unless we’ve noted otherwise in the submission details.

Does IOSH pay for overheads?

Each project will be considered on the quality of the proposal and the value of its outputs. In common with other charitable funders, IOSH does not pay unspecified general overhead costs. We will, however, consider reasonable and specific indirect costs for applicants based in low- or middle-income countries and small charitable organisations if the project outputs merit them.

You must be able to substantiate your costs and demonstrate value for money, so please make sure that you clearly provide all relevant costing information on the application form to help us make a decision. This may include direct costs for academics and research assistants for the actual hours deployed on the project, as well as printing, postage, telephone, travel and subsistence costs.

I’m a researcher based outside the UK. If I apply for funding and my application is successful, could the award be in a currency other than British Pounds (GBP)?

If you are a successful applicant, your application may be granted in a different currency. Please submit project costs in GBP, and quote the currency, currency rate and date of conversion, along with the project costs in the other currency.

I've submitted my application but didn’t get a receipt. What should I do?

When you submit your application form you should get an email to confirm this.

If you still haven’t received a confirmation after a few days, contact the Advice and Practice Department by emailing rfunding@iosh.com to check if your form has been received.

What happens at the end of the project?

We expect you to develop plans for communicating and sharing the findings of your research project. We will also develop an IOSH communication and dissemination plan to which you may be expected to contribute.

When your project’s completed, we’ll publish full peer-reviewed reports and summary reports and will work with you to do this. However, we would strongly encourage you to publish in other sources and keep us informed about it. After approximately a year we’ll evaluate how your project has performed and how the research outputs have contributed to academia (e.g. published in peer-reviewed journals), supported practitioners and employers in practice (e.g. through articles and guidance) and how it’s influenced policy, whether at a local or national level.

Does IOSH fund research studentships?

Currently, we don’t fund research studentships. 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.

My project does not involve collaboration with another organisation. Does that matter?

Collaborating with another organisation is something that we welcome. However, it is not compulsory. If you have gained financial or ‘in-kind’ support from other organisations this should be secured at the time of your application – please confirm this in your proposal.

Is there a maximum amount of funding that I can apply for?

We don’t have a minimum or maximum range for the level of research funding provided (or the project duration). However, do bear in mind that we have a limited fund and it is a competitive process.

Applications are considered case-by-case and on merit, so your project activity must be commensurate with the level of funding requested. Therefore, it is essential that you provide a clear breakdown of costs. Typically, successful applications funded through the annual research competition have ranged between £50,000 and £150,000; and to date the highest project sum awarded is around £260,000.

We welcome ambitious projects and encourage proposals that have secured partial or match-funding with other like-minded organisations.