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.


2016 RWIP Call for Applications 

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is now accepting applications for funding under the 2016, 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,
  • Workplace Innovation projects that lead to improvements in workplace health and safety, and foster successful rehabilitation and productive and safe return to meaningful work, and
  • Training and Education projects relevant to workplace health and safety, injury prevention, safe return-to-work and treatment of occupational illness.

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. 


Watch highlights of the 2016 RWIP Launch and Call for Applications.


Closing Dates

The RWIP 2016 call for applications is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted an application.

February 22, 2016 - RWIP Call for Applications; March 23, 2016 - Closing Date Notice of Intent for Scientific Research; May 11, 2016 - Closing Date Applications for Scientific Research; June 22, 2016 - Closing Date Applications Other Funding Streams; July to September 2016 - Internal Review of Applications; October 2016 - Funding Decision by Board of Directors; November 2016 - Applicants Notified of Funding Decision; December 2016 to June 2017 - Negotiation of Funding Agreement

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.  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:

Managing Psychological Injuries

As reflected in Manitoba’s Five-Year Plan for Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention, issues surrounding mental health in the workplace are a priority for the WCB and its partners.  Recently, The Workers Compensation Act was amended to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a presumptive workplace injury. Scientific Research applications are welcome for research regarding best practices for return to health and work for workers with PTSD and other mental health conditions.

The Use of Social Marketing in Affecting Attitudes and Behaviour Regarding Workplace Safety and Health

Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses and enhancing workplace safety and health culture are key priorities for the WCB. The WCB uses various social marketing techniques to affect attitudes and behaviour regarding workplace safety and health. To contribute to the most effective use of this tool, scientific research applications are welcome on how different social marketing techniques can be used to affect different social and demographic categories of people, including workers and employers in different industry sectors.

The WCB will continue to accept Scientific Research applications that are within the mandate of the RWIP.

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

2015 RWIP Grant Recipients

1. Kim Roer, St. Boniface Hospital

Engaging an Organization in the Prevention of Work Related Injuries

2. Vicki Kristman; Lakehead University; Marc Corbière, Université du Québec à Montréal; William Shaw, Liberty Mutual Research institute for Safety; Karen Harlos, University of Winnipeg; Margaret Cernigoj, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Mississauga, Ontario

Supervisor and Worker Perspectives on Workplace Accommodations for Mental Health

3. Sarvesh Logsetty, University of Manitoba; Jitender Sareen, James Bolton and Allen Kraut, University of Manitoba; Dan Chateau, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Mental Health Outcomes Following Workplace Injury

4. Catherine Trask, University of Saskatchewan; Brenna Bath, Stephan Milosavljevic, Aaron Kociolek, Bernardo Predicala, Lee Whittington and Erika Penz, University of Saskatchewan

Development of a Comprehensive Toolkit for Evaluating Workplace Musculoskeletal Injury Interventions: Swine Injection Technologies as a Test Case

5. Sudhir Sandhu, Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council and Allied Hydro Council of Manitoba; Paul Holden, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Standardized & Integrated Safety Training for Manitoba’s Skilled Trades

6. Maureen Grace, Hamilton Grace and Associates

Exploring the New Standard: Psychological Safety in the Workplace Using Joint Workplace Health and Safety Committees.  Risk/Hazard Identification, Reducing the Hazard, Education, and Evaluation

7. Don Hurst, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association; Jackie Jones, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association

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