Research and Workplace Innovation Program

Working with its partners, the WCB promotes safe and healthy workplaces, facilitates recovery and return to work, provides compassionate and supportive compensation services for workers and employers, and ensures responsible financial stewardship.  As part of this commitment, the WCB has created the Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP) to promote and fund scientific research, workplace innovation, training and education projects and knowledge transfer related to prevention of occupational injuries, diseases and return to work of injured or ill workers.


2017 RWIP Call for Applications 

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is now accepting applications for funding under the 2017 RWIP. RWIP projects are funded under three (3) streams:

  • High quality Scientific Research and applied research projects with practical benefits that are related to significant issues in workers compensation,
  • Training and Education projects relevant to workplace health and safety, injury prevention, safe return-to-work and treatment of occupational illness, and
  • Workplace Innovation projects that lead to improvements in workplace health and safety, and foster successful rehabilitation and productive and safe return to meaningful work.

Generally, each project would be up to two years in duration and funded up to a maximum of $100,000 each year.  A total of $1 million is available to fund qualified projects. 


Closing Dates

All Notices of Intent and applications must be submitted electronically via email to: Bruce M. Cielen, Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program at: by the closing dates above. 

Please take note of the following closing dates:

Applications in the Scientific Research funding stream must be received by the WCB no later than May 18, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.  CST

Please take note that a Notice of Intent (NOI) is a pre-requisite for applications in the Scientific Research Funding stream only.  An NOI must be received by the WCB no later than March 28, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.  CST

Applications in the Training and Education and Workplace Innovation funding streams must be received by the WCB no later than June 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST


The WCB will not accept applications after the closing dates above.   


Research Priorities for Scientific Research Applications

The WCB has identified research priorities for this year's call for applications under the Scientific Research funding stream.  The WCB is particularly interested in receiving Scientific Research applications that address the research priorities described below:

A.  Comparative Analysis of WCB Retrospective Data to Determine the Efficacy of Healthcare Usage and Treatment Modalities for Optimal Return To Work Outcomes

B.  Assessment, Screening, Monitoring and Control of Physical, Chemical and Biological Exposure Agents in the Workplace

C.  Early Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Occupational Disease from a Prevention Lens

D.  Other Topics within the RWIP Mandate

The WCB will continue to accept applications under the Scientific Research funding stream that are within the mandate of the RWIP but which do not address Research Priorities A, B and C above.

The research priorities above do not apply to applications under the Workplace Innovation and Training and Education funding streams.  

2016 RWIP Grant Recipients

1.      Chris Taran, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 2085

Identification and Analysis of Safety Hazards on the Virtual Construction Worksite

2.      Mike Moore, Manitoba Home Builders Association

Using Technology to Improve Safety Practices for High Risk Hazards in Construction

3.      Ronak Patel and Ji Hyun Ko, University of Manitoba

Identification of Neuroimaging-Based Biomarkers in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

4.      Jason W. Busse, McMaster University

Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Multiple Treatment Comparison Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

5.      Jitender Sareen, University of Manitoba

Online and Classroom Delivered Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Course for Building Workplace Resilience: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

6.      Kathryn Chachula, Brandon University

Perceptions and Experiences of Trauma Within Undergraduate Nursing Education

7.      Karen Hamilton, MFL Occupational Health Centre

Building Support for Newcomer Workers in the Food Processing Industry

8.      Joel Gervais and Jolen Galaugher, Vital Life Inc. Winnipeg

Into Action: Psychological Safety Training for Managers

9.      Ben Amick, Institute for Work and Health; Mike Jones, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba

Development of Benchmarking Reports and a Dashboard to Change the Conversation in Construction

10.  SAFE Work Manitoba

Establishing an Evaluation Framework for the Culture of Safety in Manitoba

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