Research and Workplace Innovation Program

RWIP 2018 Call for Applications

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.

RWIP Projects are fnded under three (3) streams: Scientific Research, Training and Education and Workplace Innovation. 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.

To be considered for funding, all applications must be received by the WCB no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on the closing dates shown below.

February 26, 2018: RWIP Call for Applications March 27, 2018: Closing Date - Notice of Intent for Scientific Research May 22, 2018: Closing Date - Applications for Scientific Research June 26, 2018: Closing Date - Applications Other Funding Streams July to Sept 2018: Internal Review of Applications October 2018: Funding Decision by Board of Directors November 2018: Applicants notified of Funding Decision Dec 2018 to June 2019: Negotiation of Funding Agreement

February 26, 2018: RWIP Call for Applications
March 27, 2018: Closing Date - Notice of Intent for Scientific Research
May 22, 2018: Closing Date - Applications for Scientific Research
June 26, 2018: Closing Date - Applications Other Funding Streams
July to Sept 2018: Internal Review of Applications
October 2018: Funding Decision by Board of Directors
November 2018: Applicants notified of Funding Decision
Dec 2018 to June 2019: Negotiation of Funding Agreement

 

 

2018 RWIP Documents

  1. Applicant Information Document
  2. Guidelines for Notice of Intent
  3. Peer Review Criteria for Evaluating Scientific Research Applications 
  4. Criteria for Evaluating Scientific Research Applications
  5. Criteria for Evaluating Training and Education Applications
  6. Criteria for Evaluating Workplace Innovation Applications 
  7. Notice of Intent
  8. Scientific Research Application
  9. Training and Education Application
  10. Workplace Innovation Application
 

Scientific Research Priorities

1. Timely, Meaningful and Sustainable Return to Work/Stay at Work

The Scientific Research Priority for the 2018 Call for Applications under the Research and Workplace Innovations Program (RWIP) is consistent with the WCB's commitment to promote the value of Return to Work (RTW) and supporting best practices in RTW. Under the WCB's Five Year Plan RTW includes helping workplaces increase the effectiveness of their RTW programs, delivering RTW training, and ensuring the WCB provides quality services that assist workers to return to meaningful and productive work as soon as medically fit after an injury and illness.

Examples of potential research topics under this Research Priority may include studies that:

  • Explore the interrelationships between prevention, early intervention and RTW to identify practices that support successful RTW outcomes in Manitoba workplaces;
  • Investigate the effect on claim duration of RTW practices for specific industry sectors that would reveal and provide evidence for the barriers, facilitators and related issues of RTW and/or stay at work; and
  • Identify and examine best practices for RTW and disability management prgramming in Manitoba, including the development of leading indicators and predictive factors of successful RTW.

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

This Sceintific Research Priority is carried over from 2017 to reflect the recent establishment of SAFE Work Manitoba's Prevention Strategy on Occupational Disease and Illness. This Strategy will use four tactics to strengthen occupational disease and illness prevention in Manitoba workplaces:

  • Monitoring workers' exposure to physical and chemical hazards.
  • Identifying exposure levels and effective safety controls based on evidence from the monitoring.
  • Educating and building awareness among all Manitobans about occupational disease and illness prevention.
  • Strengthening partnerships to prevent occupational disease and illness.

Examples of potential research topics under this Scientific Research Priority may include studies that:

  • Evaluate and review existing tools that assess and monitor toxic exposures;
  • Identify deficits in the assessment of workplace exposure hazards; and 
  • Develop practical tools that are cost effective and easy to use for risk assessment and mitigation strategies in the workplace.

3. 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 1 and 2 above. Download a copy of these priorities here.

2017 RWIP Grant Recipients

1. Michael McIntyre, St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre

Mindfulness Based Intervention as a Key Component of Successful Workplace Functioning and Personal Well-Being for Frequently Absent Employees

2. Kelly Russell, Michael Ellis, Lesley Ritchie, James Bolton, Jeffrey Leiter, University of Manitoba

The Epidemiology and Multi-Disciplinary Management of Work-Related Concussion - How Can We Meet the Needs of Manitoba's Workers?

3. Chris Carlsten, University of British Columbia and Neeloffer Mookerjee, University of Manitoba

Workplace Diesel Exhaust Exposure: Defining a Biosignature to Support Prevention

4. Electrical Association of Manitoba Inc.

Electrical Safety for the Electrical Worker

5. Andrew Dolhy, A. Dolhy Ergonomics Inc.

Development of a Pre-Production MSI Checklist: Reliability, Validity and Education

6. Hugh W. Davies and Melanie Gorman-Ng, University of British Columbia, Jérôme Lavoué, University of Montreal

Respirable Crystalline Silica in the Manitoba Construction Sector: Advancing Knowledge to Reduce Exposure

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