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Specific Priorities Research Grants

This funding stream was launched in 2014 to help us answer key questions in occupational health and safety and workers' compensation. These grants support research of immediate relevance and encourage the development of new ideas and approaches. This research gives us the strongest scientific evidence to use when developing policy and practice.

Funding overview

Specific Priorities Research Grants are designed to support short-term, primary research that supports our needs, aligned with our mandate of:

  • Saving lives
  • Preventing occupational injury and disease
  • Providing compensation and rehabilitation when a work-related injury or disease occurs
  • Ensuring a fair compensation system for workers who suffer a work-related injury or disease

Each year, Research Services works with WorkSafeBC stakeholders to identify research needs and develop specific questions. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, to qualified researchers based in (or formally affiliated with) a Canadian university or research institution.

Knowledgeable and experienced researchers who have published studies related to the research questions are encouraged to apply. We consider the following criteria when making funding decisions:

  • Quality of the proposed project (determined through peer review)
  • Relevance of the project to WorkSafeBC
  • Availability of funds

Applying for funding

We issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Specific Priorities Research Grants annually. To learn about current RFPs, you can check this page regularly or sign up to receive automatic email notifications when new opportunities are posted.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about Specific Priorities Research Grants, please contact our Research Services team.

Specific Priorities - recently funded projects

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