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Research Training Awards

Research Training Awards are designed to foster the development of occupational health and safety research expertise in B.C. We support the training of new researchers today who will be able to help answer the critical research questions of tomorrow.

Who can apply

Research Training Awards are available to highly-qualified graduate students at the master’s and doctoral level. To qualify, applicants need to be engaged in a full-time graduate studies program with a B.C. university. These awards enable students to undertake research training with a focus on occupational illness, injury and disability.

Funding and duration

Awards include a $20,000 stipend and a $2,500 research and travel allowance. Master's students receive one year of funding and doctoral students receive two years of funding. Recipients can apply to renew their grant for an additional year.

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

Funding opportunities

The 2019 grant competition is now closed. The next competition will launch in February 2020. To learn about new opportunities, you can sign up to receive automatic email notifications.

Research topics

Research projects should align with the topics below:

  • Occupational injury and disease
  • Workplace exposures
  • Prevention of injury or disease
  • Treatment of injury or disease
  • Disability management, vocational rehabilitation, and return-to-work
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Any of our research priorities

In making funding decisions, we consider academic standing, the proposed research project, the research training environment, and letters of reference.

Research Training Award recipients

Select a year below to view the list of previous award recipients:

Award recipient Title of project Degree/program/
institution
Award amount
Cory Coehoorn The impact of rate of thermal acquisition on brain blood oxygenation, decision making and salivary cortisol concentration Doctoral/Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education/University of Victoria $45,000
(2 years)
Megan MacPherson Prompts to action: improving workplace accessibility of a diabetes prevention program through push notifications Doctoral/Health and Exercise Science/UBC $45,000
(2 years)
Avisa Abbasi Development of a novel bio-engineered skin substitute for pressure ulcers - combination of adipose micro fragments and MeshFill for treatment of delayed wounds Doctoral/Experimental Medicine/UBC $45,000
(2 years)
Sana Javaheri Determinants of contamination levels of anti-neoplastic drugs in cancer care setting Masters/Occupational and Environmental Hygiene/UBC $22,5,000
(1 year)
Award recipient Title of project Degree/program/
institution
Award amount
Evan Finnamore Can Achilles tendon tissue dysfunction be directly assessed during routine clinical examination? Clinical validation of a new method to quantify tendon health Masters/Physical
Therapy/UBC
$22,500
(1 year)
Gurkaran Singh Improvement of Self-Management Skills among People with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Masters/Rehabilitation Sciences/UBC $22,500
(1 year)
Denise J. Wooding Effects of Occupational Diesel Exhaust Exposure on Lung Inflammation: The Role of Neutrophils Masters/Medicine/UBC $22,500
(1 year)
Kimberly M. Sharpe Examining regional variation in health care services in five Canadian workers’ compensation systems and its relationship to work Doctoral/School of Population and Public Health/UBC $45,000
(2 years)
                                               
Award recipient Title of project Degree/program/
institution
Award amount
Jesse Cooper Bioaerosol Generation in Hospital Bathrooms and the Efficacy of Ultraviolet C Irradiation Masters/Occupational and Environment Hygiene/UBC $22,500
(1 year)
Amir Pourghadiri The Use of a Combination of Autologous Meshed Graft with Shelf Ready Powdered Reconstituteable Liquid Skin Substitute for Treatment of Burn Injuries in a Pig Model Masters/Experimental Medicine/UBC $22,500
(1 year)
Kelvin Joon-Bin Choi Risk of Violence and Return-to-Work Outcomes among Healthcare Staff Working in Night Shifts and Shift Work Masters/Occupational and Environmental Hygiene/UBC $22,500
(1 year)
Michael Eadie Investigating the Effects of Occupational Exposure to Smoke on Respiratory Health in Wildfire Fighters Masters/Health Sciences/UNBC $22,500
(1 year)
Min Hyung Ryu Past Smoking and COPD as Risk Factors in Diesel Exhaust Inhalation Toxicity: A Model for Determining the Effects of Occupation Exposure to Air Pollution. Doctoral/Medicine/UBC $7,500
(2016)
                                               

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Andrew Jeklin

Novel Approaches to Understanding Risk Factors of Cognitive Fatigue in Wildland Firefighters

Masters/Kinesiology/UBC

$22,500

Mohammadreza Pakyari

Development of Non-Rejectable Allogeneic Skin Grafts by Induction of Local Immune Suppression

Doctoral/Experimental Medicine/UBC

$45,000

Andrea Jones Injured Workers and Mental Health: Exploring How Mental Health Diagnoses and Mental Health Services Impact Return to Work Following Workplace Musculoskeletal Injury Doctoral, School of Population and Public Health, UBC $45,000

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Sherri Ferguson

The Effect of Normoxic Dives on Narcosis and Heart Function in Human and Cellular Models

Masters/Faculty of Science, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology/SFU

$22,500

Amy Hall

Shiftwork: Developing Evidence to Reduce Adverse Health Outcomes and Guide Workplace Policies

Doctoral/School of Population and Public Health/UBC

$45,000

Rachel Cliff

Peripheral Blood Markers of Central Nervous System Effects Following Controlled Human Exposure to Diesel Exhaust

Masters/School of Population and Public Health/UBC

$22,500

Sanam Salimi Elizei

Therapeutic Evaluation of an Anti-Inflammatory Factor (FS2) in a Pre-clinical Burn Fibrotic Animal Model

Doctoral/Surgery/UBC

$45,000

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Ali Farrokhi

Evaluating the Therapeutic use of IDO Expressing Sheets of Allogenic Bi-layer of Skin Substitute as a Coverage for Large Wounds in Pig Model

Doctorate/Department of Surgery/UBC

$45,000

Gholamreza Safaee-Ardekani

Role of ING Tumor Suppressors in the Repair of UV induced DNA Damage in Outdoor Workers

Doctorate/Department of Dermatology/UBC

$45,000

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Kim McLeod

Workplace Safety Regulatory Activities in British Columbia: The Effect of Prevention Activities on Workplace Injury Rates

Doctorate/School of Population and Public Health/UBC

$45,000

Jeffrey Nichol

A New Evaluation of Sorbent Media for Sampling Airborne Antineoplastic Drugs

Masters/School of Population and Public Health/UBC

$22,500

Rouhollah Mousavizadeh

Investigation of Angiogenic Factors and Related Events Involved in Overuse Tendon Injuries

Doctorate/Department of Medicine/UBC

$14.500

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Terry-Ann Curran

Novel Approach to Prolong Survival of Allogeneic Skin Grafts using Specific Regulatory T Cells Response Therapy

Masters/Department of Surgery/UBC

$22,500 (1 year)

Elise Huisman

Identification of Biochemical Markers of Early Tendon Degeneration

Doctorate/Department of Rehabilitation Science/UBC

$45,000 (2 years)

Eric Carter

Exercise and Diving

Doctorate/School of Human Kinetics/UBC

$45,000 (2 years)

Bianca Malouf

Exhaled Breath Condensate and Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Masters/School of Environmental Health/UBC

$22,500 (1 year)

Chaojie (Daniel) Song

Determining the Association between Exposure to Occupational Noise and Cardiovascular Disease using Canadian Community Health Survey Data

Masters/School of Environmental Health/UBC

$22,500 (1 year)

Hazel Hollingdale

Safety Compliance & Gender: Initiatives and Development Guidelines for Occupational Safety in Male Dominated, High Hazard Work Environments

Masters/Department of Sociology/UBC

$22,500 (1 year)

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Ladan Mohammadi

Developing Atmospheric Fuzzy Risk Assessment for Mine Reclamation Sites

Doctorate/NBK Institute of Mining Engineering/UBC

$22,500 (one year)

Lois Lochhead

Association of Past Hysterectomy with Work-related Low Back Injury among Healthcare Workers

Doctorate/Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy/UBC

$14,000 (two years)

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Elham Rahmani-Neishaboor

Development of a Multi-functional Wound Dressing for Treatment of Burn Injuries

Doctorate/
Department of Surgery/UBC

$45,000 (two years)

Marci Regambal

Factors that Predict Return to Work for Individuals with PTSD

Doctorate/
Department of Psychology/UBC

$45,000 (two years)

Daniel Sarkany

Certification in Hazardous Occupations: A Focus on the B.C. Faller Certification Program and Injury Rates

Masters/
School of Environmental Health and CHSPR/UBC

$22,500 (one year)

Pearl Siganporia

B.C.'s Outsourced Hospital Workers: An Occupational Health and Safety Perspective

Masters/
School of Environmental Health/UBC

$22,500 (one year)

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Chun-Yip Hon

Healthcare Workers and Antineoplastic Drugs: Identifying the Determinants of Exposure and Current Challenges to Reducing Exposure

Doctorate/
School of Environmental Health/UBC

$45,000 (two years)

Bin Ge

Efficacy of Composting to Decontaminate Cryptococcus gattii-colonized Plant Material

Masters/
School of Environmental Health/UBC

$22,500 (one year)

Cristian Barzan

Inhalation Hazards of Aerosolized Cyclophosphamide During Routine Handling

Masters/
School of Environmental Health/UBC

$22,500 (one year)

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Gholamreza Emad

Reduction in Shipping Accidents, Injuries and Fatalities in British Columbia's Waters through Knowledge Transfer to Workplace

Doctorate/
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/UVic

$45,000 (two years)

Kim Reeves

Screening for In-patient Violence in Emergency Rooms: Decreasing Violence Toward Healthcare Workers

Doctorate/
Department of Psychology/SFU

$45,000 (two years)

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Carla MacLean

Can Psychology Save Lives? The Influence of Tunnel Vision on Industrial Investigations

Doctorate/Department of Psychology/UVic

$45,000 (two years)

Christian Turner

Work Related Risk Factors for Asthma and Chronic Lung Disease

Masters/Experimental Medicine/UBC

$22,500 (one year)

Jennifer Walinga

Pain and Perception: Predicting and Overcoming Barriers to Return-to-Work

Doctorate/Public Administration/UVic

$22,500 (one year)

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Abul Alamgir

Incidence, Trends and Costs of Occupational Injuries Requiring Hospitalization in the BC Sawmill Industry

Doctorate/
Department of Health Care and Epidemiology/UBC

$44,000 (two years)

Geoffrey Desmoulin

Lumbar Mechanics from Ultrasound Imaging: a Study of Low Back Pain

Masters/Kinesiology/SFU

$22,000 (one year)

Zehra LeRoy

Identifying, Measuring and Predicting Safety-Oriented Behaviours

Masters/Department of Psychology/
UBC

$22,000 (one year)

Catherine Trask

Peak and Cumulative Back Muscle Activation in Heavy Industry: Examining Methods for Exposure Assessment

Masters/
School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene/UBC

$22,000 (one year)

Ron Do

Investigating Biomarkers in Exhaled Breath Condensate in Association with Grain Dust and Endotoxin

Masters/
Centre for Health and Environment Research/UBC

$22,000 (one year)

Award recipient

Title of project

Degree/program/
institution

Award amount

Crystal Whitney

Hemodynamic and Endothelial Response of Firefighters Before and After Sudden Strenuous Exercise Training

Doctorate/School of Human Kinetics/UBC

$44,000 (two years)

David Du

Development of a Powered Upper-Limb Orthosis Device

Masters/Mechanical Engineering/UBC

$22,000 (one year)

Mary Heppner

A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on the Role of Self Efficacy in the Use or Abandonment of Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Masters/Department of Physical Education,
UVic

$22,000 (one year)

Shannon van Wiltenburg

Nurses' Experience of Violence in the Workplace

Masters/School of Nursing/UBC

$22,000 (one year)