OHS Futures Research Grants
The OHS Futures program provides health and safety research funding – for academic institutions, industry and labour organizations.
January 12, 2017: Notice of Intent period opens. Template is now available.
February 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MDT: Notice of Intent period closes
March 3-7, 2017: Invites to complete OHS Futures full research application go out
May 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MDT: Application period closes
Late summer 2017: Applicants 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 seven and nine projects.
For more information on the terms and conditions, see the Grant Agreement Template.
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.
With priority given to primary prevention of occupational injuries, illnesses and diseases in Alberta, the focus areas for the 2017 funding year are:
|Focus Areas||Examples of Policy Questions|
|Effectiveness of education training methods to improve health and safety behaviour||
|Effectiveness of incentives, penalties, and other regulatory levers||
|Reducing barriers to implementing regulations||
|Risk tolerance, risk communication & safety culture||
|Impairment in the workplace||
|Exposure to Chemical, Biological, Physical & Psychosocial Hazards|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder prevention||
|New technology and ergonomics||
|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||
|Physician, worker, and employer reporting or underreporting of work-related injuries, illness, and disease||
|Priority populations: Indigenous workers; aging workers; young workers; transient, migrant and immigrant workers; new workers||Research interest exists for these priority populations: Indigenous workers; aging workers; youth and young workers; vulnerable workers such as transient or migrant, immigrant or new workers.|
|Gender and health and safety||Sex and gender are considerations and should be incorporated into research questions and study design.|
|Note: Proposals on topics different from those listed may also be considered. Please contact OHS Futures staff if you have questions: OHSFutures@gov.ab.ca|
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.
- 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.
Internal Department Usage
OHS Futures asks that a data set as detailed as possible be provided at the end of the study for internal government purposes only, e.g. to inform policies and processes, or to perform additional analyses. In accordance with our 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.
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 data sets to be posted on the open data portal should be record level data, contain non-identifiable personal information and in a format acceptable to the government. When necessary the data will be appropriately aggregated to maintain privacy and confidentiality. Data will be posted on the open data portal within two years of project completion. Data must be in compliance with the Government of Alberta Open Information and Open Data Policy.
Exceptions may be made to the two-year deadline on a case-by-case basis where strong rationale exists and with agreement of the Department. If you have questions about the collection of your information, please contact 780-643-9214; email 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/