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Innovation at Work

Innovation at Work grants support research that will lead to the development of practical solutions, translating new knowledge into practice or solving specific problems for the workplace. These grants fund small-scale projects that promote increased collaboration between workplace parties, organizations, and researchers.

Funding overview

We award Innovation at Work grants following a competitive and rigorous evaluation processes. Typically, these grants are a maximum of $50,000, for a duration of one year.

Any Canadian resident may apply. Academic researchers affiliated with a college, university, or research institution may apply, but a non-academic partner must be included on the research team.

We generally issue a Request for Proposals (RFPs) through the Innovation at Work funding stream once a year. To learn about current RFPs, you can check this page regularly or sign up to receive automatic email notifications when new opportunities are posted.

Request for proposals

WorkSafeBC has issued a Request for Proposals for Innovation at Work.

Letter of Intent: deadline 4 p.m. December 1, 2017

Grant Application Form: deadline 4 p.m. February 9, 2018

Grants provided through Innovation at Work fund short term, small-scale projects that can lead to the development of new knowledge or practical solutions for workplace health and safety issues.

To be eligible for a grant:

  • proposals must align with WorkSafeBC’s mandate and research priorities
  • the principal applicant must be a Canadian resident
  • applications by academic researchers (affiliated with a college, university, or research institution) must include a non-academic partner

Please review the following resources prior to submitting your application:

All standard terms and conditions apply to projects funded through Research Services. Please refer to the Funding conditions for details.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the Innovation at Work funding stream, please contact our Research Services team.

Innovation at Work - recently funded projects

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Hans-Joachim Wieden Development of EMS pathogen detection tools using next generation sequencing
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University of Lethbridge, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry $50,000
Monique Mayer Dose to the Lens of the Eye in Veterinary Workers Performing Diagnostic Radiology Procedures
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University of Saskatchewan, Small Animal Clinical Services $37,115
Carolyn Sparrey Feet First: Instrumented Insoles to Examine Workplace Injury Risk
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Simon Fraser University $49,840
Mamdouh Shubair Improving the Health, Safety and Wellness of Long-Haul Truck Drivers through Research on Best Practices in Integrated Health Protection and Promotion Programs
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University of Northern British Columbia $49,050
Zoe Hilton PTSD and help-seeking among psychiatric workers: Workplace factors and barriers to support
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University of Toronto, Waypoint Research Institute $42,771

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Dan Bilsker A systematic approach to identifying resilience training needs of EMS personnel
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BC Emergency Health Services $49,500
Keith Tyler An Assessment of Wearable Feedback Devices for CPR Training
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St John Ambulance BC & Yukon $35,896
Florriann Fehr Cognitive Rehearsal Training (CRT) as an Anti-Bullying Intervention for Nursing Students and New Nurse Graduates—Part 1
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Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing $27,093
Jay Olson Improving Knowledge Translation of Shift Work Fatigue Research
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McGill University $50,000
Aziz Ghahary Liquid skin substitute combined with autologous meshed grafts improves the survivability, healing quality and faster recovery of patients with large injuries
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University of British Columbia, BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn and Wound Healing Research Group $58,280
Ruth Wright Proactive Strategies for Managing Workplace Harassment and Bullying
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Conference Board of Canada $49,812
Jong Sung Kim Toxicological Approach to Assess Occupational Health Risks of Nanoparticles
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Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine $50,000

2015

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Byron Gates Development of snap tests for assessing potential exposure to nanomaterials in the workplace

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Simon Fraser University $104,860
Ross Gibson Evaluating the generalizability and efficacy of implementing SafeWards across a variety of care settings in the Fraser Health Authority

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Simon Fraser University $50,000
Elena Martin Investigation of occupational microbial exposure using quantitative total cell count analysis

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TSS Total Safety Services, Inc. $50,000
Dwayne Van Eerd Managing depression in the workplace – Bridging the research to practice gap

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Institute for Work & Health $44,973
Patricia Rodney Supporting long term care residents throughout the dying process: Understanding and addressing related health care Provider Stress

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Simon Fraser University $28,808

2014

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Marc White Identification, Control and Prevention of Work-related Psychosocial Hazards and Social Conditions Contributing to Mental Health Disorders and Prolonged Work Absence

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UBC $50,000
Brent Langlois Indigenous leadership in structural firefighting: Developing tomorrow’s leaders in British Columbia

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First Nations' Emergency Services Society $49,000
Barbara Neiss Preventing Occupational Disease: Designing a System that Works

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Memorial University of Newfoundland $50,000
George Astrakianakis The application of novel measurement and field evaluation protocols for assessing healthcare workers' exposure to antineoplastic drugs; evaluation of their utility for exposure assessment

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UBC $50,000

2013

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Byron Gates Developing Methodology for Remediation of Nanoparticle Contamination in the Workplace

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SFU $50,000
Winnie Chu Development of a real-time aerosol dosimeter

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Nanozen Industries Inc $49,994
Carolyn Sparrey The effect of environmental exposure on the performance of fall arrest systems

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SFU $49,066
Beverley Thorpe Tools and strategies for informed substitution to adopt safer chemicals in cleaning and maintenance work

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BCGEU $49,975
Hugh Davies Truck Drivers and Vibration-Damping Seats: An Evaluation of Technology Choices

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UBC $50,000

2012

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Brenna Lynn Pilot Proposal - Enhancing Physicians' Knowledge and Skills on Stay-at-Work and Return-to-Work, Disability Prevention and Management

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UBC $92,100

2011

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Rita Ciconte & Quinn Danyluk Assessment and Determination of Practical Considerations for Wide-scale Utilization of Elastomeric Half-facepiece Respirators during a Pandemic or Outbreak Situation

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Fraser Health $50,000
Ryan Kanigan Assessment of the Efficacy of Safety Engineered Scalpels

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Peak Research $50,000
Winnie Chu Development of an Effective Cleaning Agent for Cytotoxic Drugs

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Nanozen Industries Inc $49,950
Séamus Parker Development of Enhanced Emergency Braking System for Logging Trailers

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FPInnovations $33,646
Vernon Curran Educational Offerings in Health and Safety in Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions

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Memorial University of Newfoundland $49,321
Murray Hodgson Exposure of Teachers to Occupational Hazards in High-School Technology-Education Shops

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UBC $42,388
Kevin Lyons Field Testing a Remotely Operated Falling Wedge

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UBC $42,369
Marc White Interventions to Reduce Work Absence: A synthesis of systematic reviews

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UBC $50,000
Annalee Yassi Occupational Health Incident Reporting System for the Forestry Sector

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UBC $50,000
Tyler Amell Proof of Concept for an Innovative Approach to Physical Job Demands Analysis

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LifeMark Health Management $49,060
Stephen Bornstein Tracking Occupational Diseases: An Analysis of Approaches for the Canadian Context

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Memorial University of Newfoundland $49,321

2010

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Jack Taunton A Clinical Trial of a Multi-element Exercise Program for Plantar Fasciopathy in Workers Required to Stand for Prolonged Periods of Time

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UBC $50,000
Ian Tomm Avalanche Floatation Devices – Current Status at the Canadian Workplace

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Canadian Avalanche Association $48,718
Martha Cloutier Creating a Safe Client Handling Culture in the Challenging Environment of Emergency Departments

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Fraser Health $50,000
Byron Gates Detecting, Handling and Controlling Nanoparticle Contamination in the Workplace

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SFU $50,000
Dwayne Van Eerd Dissemination and Uptake of a Participatory Ergonomics Guide for Workplaces in British Columbia

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Institute for Work & Health $44,925
Rick Hall Ergonomic Syringe Adapter

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Vancouver Coastal Health (PHSA) $49,956
Steven Threadkell "FIT" Fishboat Inclinometer Testing (Commercial Fishing Vessel Behavior)

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PortShip Consulting Inc. $56,550
Marc White Health and Work Productivity Web-Portal: Knowledge to action for disability prevention and management - A Pilot Study

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LifeMark Health Management $49,060
Brent Langlois Safeguarding our Indigenous Communities: Measuring the Health and Safety Culture of Aboriginal Fire Crews and Emergency Service Personnel in British Columbia

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First Nations' Emergency Services Society $49,000
Mieke Koehoorn Seeking Compensation for Mesothelioma: Investigating why Individuals do or do not seek Workers’ Compensation Benefits in British Columbia

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UBC $50,000
David Malloy Work & Hardiness: Exploring Rate of Return and Existential Courage

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University of Regina $27,659

2009

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Annalee Yassi Building Capacity of Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees: Creating an Innovative Web-based Tool

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UBC $50,000
Kevin Lyons Developing a Remotely Operated Falling Wedge

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UBC $32,280
Catherine Ogden Development of an Online Repository of OH&S Education and Training Resources for Healthcare: Phase 1

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OHS Agency for Healthcare in BC $48,678
Richard Shervey Mobile Equipment Safety System

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Pro-Active Safety Systems Technologies Inc. $100,000
Wendell Uglene On Water Visibility Study - Determining the most Visible Colour that can be Worn by Floating Subjects

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Mustang Survival Corp. $25,850
Mel Sawyer Preventing Needle-stick Injuries and the use of Dental Safety Syringes

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UBC $48,330
Doug Bennett Resource Road Safety Assessment: Pilot Project on Mobile Mapping Systems

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FPInnovations $47,350

2008

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Murray Hodgson Acoustical Environments in VCH Health-Care Facilities, Phase 1: Measurement Tools and Pilot Studies

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UBC $49,943
Susan Tarlo Asthmatic Knowledge and Careers

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St. Michael's Hospital $49,460
Nancy McGovern Changing the Sheets. The Slider Sheet System -- Phase Two: Incorporating Lessons Learned from Phase One

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Interior Health Authority $50,000
Elliot Goldner Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Dissemination Strategy for Management of Low Mood and Depression among Employees of Pacific Blue Cross

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SFU $50,000
Michael Leiter Developing a Safety Climate: Shared Assumptions and Interventions

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Acadia University $49,618
Annalee Yassi Establishing an Occupational Health and Infection Control Program in a Large Ambulatory Care Facility

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UBC $50,000
Axel Hovbrender Identification of Potential Risk Factors for Injury to Police Officers using New Technologies

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JIBC $15,138
Mona Sykes Joint Prevention of Workplace Violence: Creating an Innovative Web-based Tool

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BCGEU $50,000
Richard Shervey Mobile Equipment Safety System

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Pro-Active Safety Systems Technologies Inc. $100,000
Janice Abbott Taking Care of those who Care: Assessing Organizational and Individual Stress Management Interventions for Anti-violence Workers

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Atira Women's Resource Society $49,586
James Carter The Effectiveness of Current Fire Fighter Rapid Intervention Teams

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The Justice Institute of BC $43,860
Elliot Goldner & Joti Samra Training, Dissemination & Evaluation of a Depression Self-care Tool Delivered to Injured Employees

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SFU $50,000

2007

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Helen Mersereau Breaking New Ground: Does Radon Present a Health Risk to Nova Scotia Workers?

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Cape Breton University $26,100
Chantal Dion Cleaning and Decontamination of Workplaces Containing Beryllium – Techniques and Cleaning Solutions

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IRSST $50,000
Séamus Parker Development of Descent Guidelines for Log-hauling Vehicles (highway legal configurations)

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FPInnovations $30,011
Emile Tompa Economic Evaluation Workbook for Workplace Parties in the Healthcare Sector

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Institute for Work & Health $50,000
Lynn Alden Factors that Predict Return-to-work in Workers with PTSD

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UBC $47,940
Séamus Parker In-service Evaluation of Onboard Brake Monitoring Device for Logging Trucks

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FPInnovations $40,079
Barbara Howe Summative Evaluation of the Fish Safe Stability Education Program: A Multifaceted Approach

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Quinte Marine Services Ltd. $49,610
Richard Shervey Wireless Personal Protection System

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Pro-Active Safety Systems Technologies Inc. $46,000
Margaret Birrell Workplace Emergency Planning Inclusive of People with Disabilities

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BC Coalition of People with Disabilities $38,870
Kirsti Inglis WorkSmart: A Warehouse Safety Video and Curriculum for Employees with Developmental Disabilities

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Developmental Disabilities Association $5,500

2006

Award Recipient Title of Report Organization Award Amount
Gregory Anderson CPR and First Aid Skill Retention in an Industrial Setting

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University College of the Fraser Valley $49,880
Kelly Crosby HVAC Filter Change Project

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Ocean Air Systems Ltd. $49,162
Waqar Mughal Implementation and Evaluation of a "Safety Culture" in Residential Care Through Involvement of Front-line Workers

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Fraser Health $43,863
Emmy Duran Increasing Access to Radiation Safety Training and Validating Its Effectiveness in Improving Work Practices Involving Radiation

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Vancouver Coastal Health $48,930
Wayne Peppard Innovation in Worker Safety Representation Systems

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BC & Yukon Building & Construction Trades Council $49,226
Annalee Yassi Joint Prevention of Workplace Violence: Creating an Innovative Web-based Tool

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UBC $50,000
Mae Burrows Training for a Non-toxic Workplace

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Labour Environmental Alliance $33,795
David Johnson Working Safe in Aboriginal Communities

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United Native Nations $47,986