IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Research Project Grants

The Research Project Grant program is designed to support research on one of the IRSST’s priority subjects, an innovative research subject, or an emerging problem. The IRSST seeks projects:

  • that contribute to the advancement of knowledge;
  • OR that address needs expressed by workplaces or the OHS network;
  • OR that focus on problems identified by the researchers.

All projects must yield possible solutions or recommendations for improving occupational injury prevention, rehabilitation, and the sustainable return to work of injured workers.

The IRSST encourages an interdisciplinary approach when conducting research work. The maximum duration of the grant is three (3) years, for an amount ranging from $25,000 to $120,000 per year per grant. Projects carried out in partnership or co-funded may be submitted to the IRSST for funding.


Eligibility Requirements

These grants serve to fund projects proposed by IRSST researchers and those proposed by researchers from Québec post-secondary educational institutions or research institutions. The principal investigator must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • have a PhD or the equivalent; and
  • hold a professor or researcher position.


Grant Applications

All funding applications must be made using the following forms:

All the forms except for the Résumé page may be completed in English.

Important Dates

Letter of intent:

  • Deadline: November 15, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST
  • Announcement of letters of intent retained: January 10, 2022

Full application:

  • Deadline: March 7, 2022 at 4 p.m. EST
  • Announcement of results: June 20, 2022

Submission of Letters of Intent


Steps in the Application Process

  • Submission of letters of intent: Applications submit a lettre d’intention [letter of intent] by e-mail to .
  • Administrative verification: The Research Fund Division verifies all letters of intent to determine their compliance with the eligibility requirements.
  • Selection of letters of intent by the IRSST’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB): Based on the pertinence and priority nature of the projects proposed, the members of the SAB select the applicants who may be asked to submit a full application.
  • Submission of research protocols: Applicants whose letters of intent are retained are then invited to submit a research protocol by e-mail, to.
  • Scientific evaluation of protocols: The research protocols are evaluated by a panel of experts.
  • Final decision: Based on the results of the scientific evaluation of the protocols , the SAB selects which projects will be funded and sends its recommendations to the President-CEO. She authorizes the funding of the selected projects.
  • Notice of award: A notice of award, along with the reviewers’ comments, is sent to the applicants whose research projects have been selected. These applicants are asked to confirm their acceptance within ten (10) working days of receipt of this notice. The reviewers’ comments are also sent to the applicants whose projects were not selected.


Funding Procedures

The amount of a research project grant ranges from $25,000 to $120,000 per year (excluding indirect research costs) for a maximum period of three (3) years.

The General Guidelines on the grant programs of the IRSST’s Research Fund and the various forms (Lettre d’intention, Protocole de recherche) [letter of intent, research protocol] give details regarding eligible expenses. Please refer to them.


Depending on the duration of the research project and the size of the budget, payments can be made in different ways. For more information about payments, please refer to the General Guidelines on the grant programs of the IRSST’s Research Fund.

Deadline for Using the Funds

Research funds awarded for activities such as correcting the final deliverable, presenting the results at conferences and meeting with information intermediaries and partners in the study, may be used for up to six (6) months after the date on which the final deliverable is submitted. This rule in no way obliges the IRSST to make the final payment, which is payable upon acceptance of the deliverable.

Unspent Balance

Upon completion of the research project, any unspent balance must be returned to the IRSST’s Research Fund within three (3) months of the deadline for using the funds.

Sharing of Information

To ensure sound management of the Research Fund, the IRSST reserves the right to share information on the applications it receives with other funding agencies to prevent duplicate funding, for example.