OHS Futures Research Grants

The OHS Futures program provides health and safety research funding – for academic institutions, industry and labour organizations.



Important dates

Applications are now closed.

May 2, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MDT: application period closed

Fall 2016: applicants will be notified of their application results

The OHS Futures Research Funding Program formalizes the way researchers, academic institutions, industry, and labour organizations access funding for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) research. It links government with experts and enhances OHS knowledge and capacity.

In previous years, OHS Futures received over 20 applications, and funded between 7 and 9 projects.

For more information on the terms and conditions, see the Grant Agreement Template (PDF, 11 pages).

Amount awarded

There’s no budget limit allotted per project. OHS Futures is distributing up to $1 million per year and is interested in funding a variety of OHS research proposals.

Show Answer Research priorities

With priority given to primary prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses and diseases in Alberta, the focus areas for the 2016 funding year were:

Research Priorities Focus Areas
Behavioural Change
  • Effectiveness of education and training to improve health and safety behaviour;
  • Effectiveness of incentives, penalties, and other regulatory levers;
  • Barriers to implementing regulations; and
  • Impact of self-efficacy, motivation, and/or organizational characteristics on OHS perceptions, beliefs, and/or actions.
Exposure to Chemical, Biological and/or Physical Hazards
  • Carcinogens;
  • Motor vehicle incidents;
  • Noise-induced hearing loss;
  • Toxic use reduction strategies; and
  • Emerging issues and/or industries.
Surveillance, Data and Metrics
  • Design, implementation or evaluation of metrics to quantify changes in OHS practices and/or disease, illness, and injury prevention;
  • Disease, illness and injury monitoring of the health and/or exposure of worker populations;
  • Worker registries related to OHS; and
  • Physician, worker, and employer reporting or underreporting of work-related injuries, illness, and disease.
Other Proposals on topics that are different from the research priorities above may also be considered. Research proposals that meet the research priorities will be considered first. Contact us before starting your application, to find out if your project is eligible for the program.

Show Answer How we use your information


The information you provide is being collected by the OHS Program to determine eligibility for potential funding related to the OHS Futures - Research Funding Program offered by the Government of Alberta under the OHS Program. If you choose to apply, the information you provide is collected pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be managed in accordance with the privacy provisions in the Act. Research data acquired from projects funded by the OHS Futures program posted on the Government of Alberta Open Data Portal will not include personal information.

If you have any questions about the collection of personal information, please contact the Information and Privacy Office at 780‑644‑2397; email: LBR.IPO@gov.ab.ca.

Data Sharing

The ability to share and improve access to research data would greatly benefit the research community and society in the following ways: 1, 2

  • Promote and accelerate scientific progress;
  • Avoid duplication of the research;
  • Enable replication and verification of results;
  • Increase research visibility and impact;
  • Increase research efficiency due to reusability and exposure; and
  • Enhance collaboration and community-building.

Research data, as defined by the Government of Canada, are the factual records used as a primary source for the research, and that are commonly accepted in the research community as necessary to validate research findings.1 In support of data sharing and accessibility, the Government of Canada launched an online open data portal in March 2011 to provide public access to government data sets which can be reused for commercial or research purposes.1

Likewise, the Government of Alberta launched Alberta’s Open Data Portal in 2013. In 2014, it was announced that data sets acquired from research projects funded by the OHS Futures program would be accessible on the portal.

For the above mentioned benefits, data generated by research projects funded through the OHS Futures program must be submitted to the program at project completion. The core data sets to be shared with the OHS Program should be record level data, contain non-identifiable personal information and in a format acceptable to the OHS Program. When necessary the data will be appropriately aggregated to maintain privacy and confidentiality. In accordance with the record retention policy, the validated research data submitted to the OHS Futures program will be appropriately managed and retained by the Informatics and Surveillance teams within the Department.

As part of data sharing, de-identified datasets may be posted on a data portal or similar platform for public accessibility within 2 years of project completion. Data must be in compliance with the Government of Alberta’s Open Data standards or equivalent.

Exceptions may be made to the 2-year deadline on a case-by-case basis where strong rationale exists and with agreement with the Department. Overall, data sharing has many advantages for research and the society. If you have questions about the collection of your information, please contact 780‑643‑9214; email: LBR.OHSFutures@gov.ab.ca.

1 Government of Canada Science.gc.ca. (2011). Open Access Research Data. Retrieved from http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=en&n=2BBD98C5-1

2 Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries. (2015) About Sharing Your Research Data. Retrieved from http://dmp.data.jhu.edu/preserve-share-research-data/sharing-your-research-data/

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