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ULRI Discoveries in Safety Grants

Opportunity NameDiscoveries in Safety Grants
AgencyUL Research Institutes (ULRI)
ValueUp to $200,000
Indirect CostsEligible at 25%
Duration3 years

Letter of Intent (LOI)

LOI due to FSc RO at for full review02-02-2024
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review02-09-2024
LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review02-14-2024, by 9:00AM
LOI due at agency 02-16-2024, by 11:59PM

Final application

Application due to FSc RO at for full review04-26-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review05-03-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review05-08-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 05-10-2024, by 11:59PM

To fund scientific discovery across focus areas that align with ULRI’s institutes and offices and address our three grand challenges: (1) Building resilience for a sustainable future, (2) Advancing individual and societal health in the 21st century, and (3) Promoting safety at the human-digital interface. 

Brief descriptions of each institute’s research areas are below:

  1. Chemical Insights Research Institute (CIRI): understudied environmental health issues and the development of sampling, analytical, or toxicological methodologies to address challenging environmental contaminant/chemical exposure scenarios; 
  2. Digital Safety Research Institute (DSRI): programmatic means to create full-stack digital safety labels for the public and detailed reports on digital safety (e.g., cybersecurity, privacy, human autonomy, and information integrity); 
  3. Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI): advanced gas sensors to detect early stages of cell venting in lithium-ion multicell modules; 
  4. Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI): reduction of exposure to the thermal and chemical combustion products of fire to first responders; 
  5. Materials Discovery Research Institute (MDRI): solutions for eco-remediation and expediting the discovery of innovative and long-duration energy storage solutions; 
  6. Office of Research Experiences & Education (OREE): development of effective strategies that successfully lead to persistence in safety science, and youth-centered, place-based sustainability education for groups with social, economic, and/or geographic disparities. 


Most Discoveries in Safety Grants are open to a wide range of research-conducting organizations, including institutions of higher education, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. However, please reference each grant’s notice of funding opportunity (NoFO) for more specific information on eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at