Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
Road Safety Research Partnership Program (RSRPP)
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The purpose of this program is to fund research into the behavioral and social aspects of road user safety in order to identify the factors involved in motor vehicle collisions, suggest ways to reduce its impacts on individuals and society, and monitor the effectiveness of road safety initiatives. Research funded through the RSRPP will support Ontario’s efforts to improve road safety and keep the province among the safest jurisdictions in the world.
- Ontario hospitals, colleges, universities, and other public institutions are eligible for funding by the RSRPP. The principal investigator(s) must be a full- or part-time member of the faculty or an employee of the sponsoring institution.
- Eligible topics are in the behavioral and social sciences and relate to risk factors, preventive factors, and/or risk groups that are of road safety relevance in Ontario. Research proposals will only be considered if the proposed project could otherwise not be completed in-house (e.g., with a driving simulator, using human subjects, requiring primary data collection, requiring field work).
Maximum Project Value
The total value of the research funding will be $150,000. In cases where more than one project is selected to be funded, the total available funds of $150,000 will be split between projects in a manner decided by MTO.
Projects may span a period up to two years; however, researchers cannot apply for additional funding under RSRPP in upcoming grant years for continuation of this project.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Expression of Interest submitted to: RoadSafetyResearch.PartnershipProgram@ontario.ca.
Applicants invited to submit a full proposal must immediately contact the Office of Research (firstname.lastname@example.org) to communicate their invitation to the full proposal stage. The full application and signed OR-5 must be submitted to the Office of Research (email@example.com) a minimum of 1 week prior to submission MTO.
How to Apply
Expressions of Interest will be accepted in the form of a two-page proposal, as described in Section 4.1 of the Program Guidelines, and must be emailed to the following address as a PDF attachment labelled last name of PI(s)_title of study: RoadSafetyResearch.PartnershipProgram@ontario.ca
Each two-page proposal must include a problem statement, a brief summary of extant knowledge/approaches, identification of empirical gap(s) and corresponding objective(s), an overview of the methodological approach, an indication of the potential relevance of the study to MTO’s mandate, the amount of funds received or requested from another funding body, and a short biography of the PI(s). References may be appended on an additional page.
Information For Co-applicants
If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).