Applying for funding

Annual competition

Each year we normally invite researchers to submit proposals (written in English only please) for high quality research that will support us, and our stakeholders, in providing an evidence base for effective occupational safety and health (OSH) policy and practice. However, there will not be a call for proposals in 2017.

If you are interested in our future research competitions sign up here for an alert.

Who can apply for funding?

Researchers who have a proven track record in high quality research can apply for funding. Applicants don't need to have a background in occupational safety and health research but should be able to demonstrate how their experience will bring fresh thinking to the development of occupational safety and health policy and practice. They should also have the research and project management skills to lead a successful proposal to completion.

Interested in applying?

If you're interested in applying for IOSH funding for a research project, and meet the eligibility criteria above, here's the process (PDF, 22KB):

  • Read our 'call for bids' statement when announced - if you request an alert we can inform you when this is published.
  • If your project proposal meets all the requirements, fill in and send us the stage 1 form - we'll send you an email to confirm we've received your form 
  • Our Research Committee (PDF, 696KB) will assess applications to see if they should progress to stage 2 
  • We'll let you know the Committee's decision. If you're successful, we'll ask you to submit a stage 2 application 
  • Stage 2 applications will be sent to two independent assessors 
  • They'll report back to the committee on the suitability of your proposal for funding 
  • If your application is recommended for funding, we'll ask you to make a short presentation to the Committee and discuss your proposal with them 
  • We'll let everyone who applies know what the Committee's decided 
  • If the Committee decides to award you a grant, we'll send our contract to your institution.

Please note:

  • At the moment, we don't fund research studentships for those looking for funding for their studies. However, if the proposed project is part of a larger study that is supervised and leads to a higher degree (e.g. PhD), this can be considered. 
  • If you’re applying from an institution outside the UK and have successfully applied for funding, your application may be granted in a different currency to GBP, e.g. USDs or Euros. However, you’ll need to request this in your application form by including the project cost in your proposed currency, as well as the equivalent value in GBP. Please also add the exchange rate at the time of your application.

Read more about the research grants we've awarded.

Research and Information Services team

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