Research fund

Our Research Fund supports projects which explore key issues in occupational safety and health to help establish evidence around policy and practice.

We allocate research funds to specific projects through our annual competition. This is a two-stage process and may be linked to a particular theme which we set. Unless specified, applicants can submit a proposal as long as it supports the fund’s overall purpose - a world of work that is safe, health and sustainable. Have a look at the research application process.

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.

How to apply for funding

If you’re interested in applying for IOSH funding for a research project, and meet the eligibility criteria, then download the process and follow the steps. At the moment, our call for bids has now closed. Get an alert about future research competitions

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.


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.

Have a read through the frequently asked questions or see the recent research grants awarded.