Ministry of Transportation Ontario Road Safety Research Partnership Program 2018-19


Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO)


Road Safety Research Partnership Program (RSRPP)

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Program Guidelines


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.

Project Duration

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.

External Deadline

Expression of Interest submitted to:

Applicants invited to submit a full proposal must immediately contact the Office of Research ( to communicate their invitation to the full proposal stage. The full application and signed OR-5 must be submitted to the Office of Research ( 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:

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.

Applicants who successfully demonstrate the above will be invited to submit a full application for evaluation. Applicants who are invited to the next stage will be sent an application form for completion.

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).

For Questions, please contact

Please direct applications and inquiries for further information concerning the RSRPP and the application process to

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x58613

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