Working with its partners, the WCB promotes safe and healthy workplaces, facilitates recovery and return to work, provides compassionate and supportive compensation services for workers and employers, and ensures responsible financial stewardship.  As part of this commitment, the WCB has created the Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP) to promote and fund scientific research, workplace innovation, training and education projects and knowledge transfer related to prevention of occupational injuries, diseases and return to work of injured or ill workers.


RWIP projects are funded under three (3) streams:

  • High quality Scientific Research and applied research projects with practical benefits that are related to significant issues in workers compensation,
  • Training and Education projects relevant to workplace health and safety, injury prevention, safe return-to-work and treatment of occupational illness, and
  • Workplace Innovation projects that lead to improvements in workplace health and safety, and foster successful rehabilitation and productive and safe return to meaningful work.

Funding Available

  • Maximum amount: $100,000/year
  • Maximum duration: 2 years

Helpful Links


NOI/Full Application:
CURO Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator.
cuResearch Checklist Deadline
  • March 21, 2017 (NOI for Scientific Research)
  • June 19, 2017 (Applications for other funding streams)
Submission to sponsor
  • March 28, 2017 (Notice of Intent for Scientific Research)
  • May 18, 2017 (Applications for Scientific Research)
  • June 26, 2017 (Applications for other funding streams)

Please take note that a Notice of Intent (NOI) is a pre-requisite for applications in the Scientific Research Funding stream only.

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.