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Research opportunities

Our Research Services department funds occupational health and safety (OHS) research projects that provide insight and solutions for issues faced by workers, employers, and WorkSafeBC. We support scientific research that contributes to:

  • Improving health and safety in B.C. workplaces
  • Fostering successful rehabilitation and return-to-work of injured workers
  • Ensuring fair compensation for people suffering injury or illness on the job

Current funding opportunities

We offer funding through the following grant categories:

Grant category
Who can apply
Focus of research
Important dates
(subject to change)
Research Training Awards Graduate students in B.C. OHS research addressing our research priorities

Competition launch: November 26, 2021

Application deadline: February 18, 2022 at 4 p.m. PST

Ralph McGinn Postdoctoral Fellowship Doctoral graduates in Canada OHS and work disability research

Competition launch: November 26, 2021

Application deadline: February 18, 2022 at 4 p.m. PST

Innovation at Work
Any Canadian resident
OHS research leading to practical workplace solutions

Competition launch: TBD

Specific Priorities/
Systematic Reviews

Academic researchers
Scientific research to address operational need and strategic priorities

Future topics:

  • Joint Health and Safety Committees
  • Changing Nature of Work
  • Chronic Pain and Pain Management

Please note: Due to COVID-19, we only require electronic submissions at this time.

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Our history

WorkSafeBC’s Panel of Administrators created the research program in 1999 to reinforce our commitment to seeking the best scientific evidence in occupational health and safety, and in workers’ compensation. Before that, our Finding Solutions program funded more than 100 projects from 1992-1999.

The research program’s structure was developed through broad consultation with workers and employers, and with research organizations across Canada and abroad. We continue to adapt and enhance the program to respond to stakeholder needs.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about our program or the research we support, our Research Services team will be happy to help.