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Research priorities

When we consider proposals for funding, we look for projects that support WorkSafeBC's strategic initiatives and research priorities.

While the merits of all proposals will be considered, preference will be given to proposals that incorporate the following:

  • Sex and gender considerations into research questions and study design. For integrating sex and gender considerations, refer to the information on the CIHR website.
  • Address the needs and challenges of vulnerable populations including Indigenous workers; aging workers; young workers; transient or migrant workers, immigrant or new workers; small businesses

For Innovation at Work grants, we will also consider proposals addressing our Partners' research priorities.

Research priorities

Research Services will consider the merits of all proposals received, while giving preference to the research topics shown in bold.


Research priorities Topics
Prevent workplace injury, disease and death
  • Reducing the frequency of serious injuries, occupational disease and death  
  • Preventing psychological injuries, bullying and harassment
  • Influencing behavioural change (focus on young workers, using choice architecture, education, regulatory levers, and leadership factors)
  • Reducing occupational exposures (focus on nanoparticles, radiation, toxic gases, cytotoxic drugs, silica, and pesticides)
  • Innovations in prevention approaches (focus on impairment)
Improve return to work (RTW) and claims service
  • Best practices in effective tools, interventions and disability management models for stay at work and RTW (focus on mental health disorders)
  • Evidence based medical and rehabilitative interventions (focus on opioid management, serious injuries, hearing loss,  chronic pain, head and brain injuries and mental health disorders)
  • Evidence based occupational disease etiology, treatment and management (focus on mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer)
  • Improving service experience and RTW outcomes (focus on small business)
  • Innovations in rehabilitation and service delivery             
Adapt to social, economic and technological change
  • Adapting to the changing nature of the work (focus on at-home workers, gig workers, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence)
  • Adapting to emerging industries (including cannabis)
  • Addressing the needs of vulnerable workers (focus on ageing or young workers, indigenous, and immigrant workers)
  • Impact of gender and sex differences in occupational health and safety and disability outcomes