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Specific Priorities/Systematic Reviews

This funding stream is designed to address operational need and help answer key questions in occupational health and safety and workers' compensation. The Specific Priorities and Systematic Reviews grants support short-term, primary and secondary research of immediate relevance. This research gives us the strongest scientific evidence to use when developing policy and practice.

Who can apply

Qualified researchers based in (or formally affiliated with) a university or research institution, who have published studies related to the research questions, are encouraged to apply. Researchers worldwide are invited to apply for most competitions. It will be noted in the Request for Proposals (RFP) if the Principal Applicant must be affiliated with a Canadian university or Canadian research institution.

Funding and duration

Grant amounts are determined by WorkSafeBC, based on the proposed project methodology, timeline, workplan, and budget. All standard terms and conditions apply to projects funded through Research Services. Please refer to our Funding conditions for details.

Funding opportunities

We generally issue RFPs in the fall and spring. To learn about new opportunities, you can check this page regularly or sign up to receive automatic Research Services Enews.

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Recently funded projects — Specific Priorities

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Dwayne Van Eerd
Incentives-based approaches to support stay at work and return to work — an environmental scan
Institute for Work & Health
Hugh Davies
Hazardous Drug Exposure Prevention Program: A pilot study (HazDEPP)
University of British Columbia $150,000
Peter Smith Assessing the psychosocial work environment in British Columbia to inform prevention activities
Institute for Work & Health $119,947

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Simon Aubin Method development and validation for the evaluation of airborne TDI according to IFV notation Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) $140,470
Hossein Kazemian Validating the use of a multi-fraction sampler for recovering inhalable and respirable dust mass, and metals in workplace air University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) $150,000

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Noah Silverberg
Functional cognitive disorder after concussion
University of British Columbia $149,998
Fariborz Taghipour Development and validation of a portable real-time gas sensor for the detection of hazardous gases University of British Columbia $143,000
Michael Adachi Wearable sensors for detection of industrially important gases and substances with Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) Simon Fraser University $55,000

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Sharyn Gaskin Developing a standardized sampling protocol to quantify O-Phthalaldehyde contaminants on surfaces The University of Adelaide, Australia $74,805
Hossein Kazemian Developing a sampling method to evaluate Chromium (III) and Chromium (VI) speciation and their differential solubilities from air samples University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) $146,123
Douglas Gross Assessing the scientific evidence supporting current evaluation tools for identifying musculoskeletal injury risk factors University of Alberta $62,400
Anne Hudon Understanding injured Canadian workers’ lived experiences and perceptions about telerehabilitation in physiotherapy services Université de Montréal $101,639

Award Recipient Title of Project Organization Award Amount
Colin Collins Blood-Based Screening and Personalized Treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma
View report
University of British Columbia $150,000
Edward Park Wearable Lower Limb Exoskeleton as a Walking Assistance Tool After Spinal Cord Injury
View report
Simon Fraser University $150,000
Gordon Gislason
The BC commercial fishing industry - WorkSafeBC assessment trends, practices and perceptions
GSGislason & Associates Ltd
Darrah Sleeth
Do commonly used aerosol samplers adequately measure workplace metals to meet occupational exposure limits?
University of Utah
Bart Koes
The physical and psychosocial risk factors associated with the development of activity-related soft tissue disorders of the limbs
Erasmus University Medical Center
Principal Investigator Project Title Institution Funding Amount
Hugh Davies The Canadian Workplace Exposure Database
View report
UBC $50,000
Paul Demers Mesothelioma epidemiology and prognosis
View report
Cancer Care Ontario $49,300
Drew Dawson Fatigue and the impact on health and safety risk in the workplace Central Queensland University $103,345
Aviroop Biswas Do work exposures differ for men and women? Do similar work exposures result in different health outcomes for men and women? Institute for Work and Health $76,091
Ron Saunders What is the extent and nature of claim suppression in BC? Institute for Work and Health $148,450
Mieke Koehoorn Earning outcomes for men and women following a workers’ compensation claim for permanent partial impairment UBC $223,624
Principal Investigator Project Title Institution Funding Amount
Tony Bi To elucidate how compressed air cleaning systems are charged electrostatically and the impact of operating conditions on the charge generation and accumulation UBC $80,000
Principal Investigator Project Title Institution Funding Amount
Jean-Francois Gingras Under what conditions is mechanical harvesting going to be a safer alternative to manual tree falling in BC? FPInnovations $89,496
Principal Investigator(s) Project Title Institution Funding Amount
George Astrakianakis & Christopher McLeod Leading and Lagging Indicators for the Evaluation of Violence Prevention in Healthcare University of British Columbia $162,654
Noah Silverberg Why is return to work often delayed after workplace mild traumatic brain injury? University of British Columbia $107,244
Byron Gates Establishing the Potential for Exposure to Nanomaterials in the Workplace through Contact Transfer Simon Fraser University $45,000