Research fund FAQS

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.

I’m not sure about my research idea. Do you have any general advice?

The Research Committee will be interested in proposals that fit the theme of the call for bids statement. Applications that fall outside the theme will not be considered for funding.

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 and ask to be notified about the next annual competition.

When will I hear the outcome of my application?

Normally, you’ll hear the outcome of your second-stage application by September or October of the same year.

What are the possible outcomes of my application?

Once we receive full applications and complete the peer review process, we’ll either decline your proposal or ask you to discuss your application briefly with the Research Committee. In the case of applicants who go on to discussion with the Committee, well either:

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

Unfortunately, we may not always be able to give you feedback on the reasons for our decision.

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

We can receive submissions up to 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, as long as 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 the Research Committee in making its 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, ie USDs or Euros. However, you’ll need to request this in your application form by including the project costs in your proposed currency, as well as the equivalent value in GBP. Please also add the exchange rate at the time of your application.

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 after a few days, contact to check if your form has been received.

My project will produce some useful outputs at the end of it. Wholl own them?

We’ll deal with project outputs on a case-by-case basis. However, we’d expect IOSH to have ownership of intellectual property rights.

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 (eg published in peer-reviewed journals), supported practitioners and employers in practice (eg through articles and guidance) and how it’s influenced policy, whether at a local or national level.

Does IOSH fund research studentships?

At the moment, we don’t fund research studentships. The proposed study may be stand-alone or part of a larger study. In the latter case, it may involve supervised work leading to a higher degree eg 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 in terms of 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. If you are invited to submit a Stage 2 application, it is also essential that you provide a clear breakdown of costs.

We welcome more ambitious projects. Typically, applications successfully funded through the annual research competition range between £50-150k; and to date the highest project sum awarded is around £260K.