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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 competitive and rigorous evaluation processes. Typically, these grants do not exceed $50,000, for a duration of one year.

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

The experience, expertise, and capability of the team are key considerations in evaluating proposals. We encourage genuine collaboration among workplace parties, researchers, and other experts.

Applying for funding

We generally issue Requests 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.

The next RFP will be launched on November 3 , 2017.

RFPs detail all the information you need to apply for funding, such as:

  • The deadline for submitting your application
  • An application form
  • A grant application guide
  • An explanation of our general program funding conditions

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
Monique Mayer Dose to the Lens of the Eye in Veterinary Workers Performing Diagnostic Radiology Procedures University of Saskatchewan, Small Animal Clinical Services $37,115
Zoe Hilton PTSD and help-seeking among psychiatric workers: Workplace factors and barriers to support University of Toronto, Waypoint Research Institute $42,771
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 University of Northern British Columbia $49,050
Hans-Joachim Wieden Development of EMS pathogen detection tools using next generation sequencing University of Lethbridge, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry  $50,000
Carolyn Sparrey

Feet First: Instrumented Insoles to Examine Workplace Injury Risk

Simon Fraser University $49,840
Award recipient
Title of project
Organization Award Amount
Ruth Wright Proactive Strategies for Managing Workplace Harassment and Bullying Conference Board of Canada $49,812
Dan Bilsker A systematic approach to identifying resilience training needs of EMS personnel BC Emergency Health Services $49,500
Jong Sung Kim Toxicological Approach to Assess Occupational Health Risks of Nanoparticles Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine $50,000
Jay Olson Improving Knowledge Translation of Shift Work Fatigue Research McGill University $50,000
Florriann Fehr

Cognitive Rehearsal Training (CRT) as an Anti-Bullying Intervention for Nursing Students and New Nurse Graduates—Part 1

Keywords describing proposal subject
Thompson Rivers University, School of Nursing $27,093
Aziz Ghahary  

Liquid skin substitute combined with autologous meshed grafts improves the survivability, healing quality

and faster recovery of patients with large injuries
University of British Columbia, BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn and Wound Healing Research Group  $58,280
Keith Tyler An Assessment of Wearable Feedback Devices for CPR Training St John Ambulance BC & Yukon $32,306.54