Research fund

Applications open

We are pleased to announce that IOSH’s thirteenth call for research proposals is now open!

Are you a researcher with a proven track record in high-quality research? Do you want to support IOSH in creating a safer and healthier world of work for people across the globe?

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

This 2019 call aims to bring together experienced researchers, academics and other experts across the globe to submit proposals that support our strategic vision to create workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable in the long-term.

We're looking for research that addresses the following areas:

  • Non-health related fatalities
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Read more about our two priority areas.

We encourage applications that propose collaborative research with other like-minded funding bodies and applications from researchers outside the UK.

This year, there will be a one-stage application procedure requiring a full proposal. Please note, where substantial funds are requested, a longer decision-making process will be required. Download the call for bids process for further information.

Our research department hosted a live webinar on 30 October 2019: Call for Research proposals 2019. The team answered questions on the research fund and discussed the priority areas. Rewatch the webinar online.

The closing date for bids is 18 November 2019.

For any queries, please see our frequently asked questions, or contact

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.