Ministry of Transportation Ontario - Road Safety Research Partnership Program (RSRPP) 2021-22


Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO)


Road Safety Research Partnership Program (RSRPP) 2021-2022 

For More Information

Please see Program Guidelines and Application Forms (attached)


The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is pleased to announce the call for proposals as part of the 2021-2022 Road Safety Research Partnership Program (RSRPP). This program funds researchers in the broader public sector to conduct cutting-edge, road safety research that supports Ontario’s efforts to improve road safety.

For the 2021-2022 competition, proposals must involve one of the following four priority areas: 

  1. Entry-Level Training for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers
  2. Alternative Countermeasures to Improve Driver Behaviour
  3. Simulator Testing to Understand the Road Safety Risk of Commercial Drivers with Reduced Vision
  4. Reducing High Risk Driving


Eligible Institutions
Funding through the RSRPP is open, on a competitive basis, to the following Ontario institutions:
  • Hospital research institutes
  • Colleges of applied arts and technology
  • Publicly assisted universities (including their affiliated colleges, research centres, institutes, and hospitals),
  • and other public institutions.

The principal investigator(s) must be a member of the faculty (full or part-time) or an employee of the sponsoring Ontario-based institution. Faculty carrying out behavioural and social research in road user safety in departments such as Economics, Engineering, Geography, Medicine, Rehabilitation, Psychology, and Sociology are encouraged to apply for funding under this program.

An institution that is listed on MTO’s Vendor of Record pool for procurement services may not be the sponsoring institution. The successful applicant may not subcontract to outside vendors.

Eligible Projects

MTO is interested in funding research projects that address one of the four priority areas (listed above), and further outlined in Appendix A of the Program Guidelines (attached).

Funding Availability

A combined pool of $150,000 is available to fund projects this fiscal year (ending March 31, 2022), with additional funding expected for 2021-2022. 

The number of projects funded and the amount of funding that will be provided for each project is at the discretion of MTO. MTO reserves the right not to grant any funds. If multiple applications score highly, the proposed budget may be used as a determining factor in determining the successful candidate(s). Projects may be funded by other grant agencies simultaneously. Sources of additional funding, including in-kind contributions, must be disclosed to MTO.

Maximum Project Value

There are three streams of projects that MTO is interested in funding. Please see the attached Program Guidelines for more information on each stream. 

(A) New long-term projects, up to 15 months in duration (max. $180,000 over two years);

(B) New short-term projects, up to 3 months in duration (max. $50,000); and, 

(C) Ongoing projects, which are already in progress, but have components that address one of the priority areas (max. $50,000).

Indirect Costs

Overhead costs may not exceed 15% of the total requested budget.

Special Notes


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application form, along with an OR-5 Form to Please ensure your Associate Dean, Research (ADR) has signed the Application under 'Head of Department'. The Office of Research Services will obtain the signature from Research Finance and ORS, as applicable. 

External Deadline

Applicant is responsible for submitting the fully signed, electronic copy of the application package to by the deadline. 

How to Apply

Please note that the application process has been streamlined and will only involve the submission of an application form—which includes:

  • Application Form with Detailed Summary of Proposed Research
    • The form will request relevant information about the applicants, a concise summary of the proposed research, and the budget with justification. Additional information about the proposed research (e.g., tables and figures) can be provided in an appendix to the form. Budget items listed on the application form may require additional justification. Please refer to Appendix B of the Program Guidelines for eligible expenditures and provide an explanation accordingly.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Principal Investigator(s)
    • There is no format or length restriction for the CV of investigators; use of an existing and current CV is encouraged.

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 to

Office of Research

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

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