Breakthroughs found in research and training can help dramatically improve health and safety in the workplace. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) grants program is aimed at Canada’s best and brightest working on research or training around safe workplaces. WSIB believes supporting research and training can lead to breakthrough discoveries that will boost our health and safety programs in Ontario, and can be applied across the country and around the world.

WSIB’s mandate is to promote workplace health and safety, and to support safe and healthy return to work (RTW) for people who have a workplace injury or illness, or their spouses, and to provide compensation and other benefits in a financially responsible and accountable way. While we, the WSIB, do collect data regarding the proportion of people who return to work within 12 months, we have not actively gathered metrics regarding what happens to people with work-related injuries and illnesses in the long term, after the final resolution of a claim.


WSIB is now accepting research proposals for a longitudinal study on long-term outcomes for people with workplace injuries and illnesses as part of the WSIB’s 2019 Grants Program. Longitudinal research will help us understand the long-term outcomes affecting people with work-related injuries and illnesses after they no longer have an active claim with us.  Supporting long-term safe and healthy recoveries and returns to work is what we work toward every day at the WSIB.

Funding objective

The purpose of this initiative is to understand the long-term outcomes affecting people with work related injuries or illnesses after they are no longer engaged with the workers’ compensation system. The study is to include primary research of injured/ill workers following a lost time injury and/or illness, up to two years after the resolution of their claim. It is expected that survey data will be collected and analyzed together with claims administration information to understand RTW and recovery outcomes.

The successful grant recipient will be expected to engage us throughout the duration of the project, as part of a working group or advisory committee.
Key questions to be addressed:

  • What happens to someone after they are no longer actively engaged with the WSIB?
  • What specific factors affect positive and negative RTW and recovery outcomes for someone after they leave the WSIB system (i.e. injury/illness recurrence, changes to employment or income status, quality of life, other factors that are not within the WSIB’s control but may affect the outcome)?
  • How can we improve outcomes for people who have work related injuries or illnesses?


Expert researchers affiliated with an eligible applicant organization:

o Publicly funded universities or colleges
o Public hospitals with a specialized research area
o Not-for-profit or registered charitable organizations with the capability and capacity to conduct research
o Canadian non-governmental organizations with the capability and capacity to conduct research
o Other organizations that have the capability and capacity to conduct research and are not privately owned and operated may also be eligible for a WSIB grant.

Master’s or Ph.D. students conducting research at a Canadian institution are eligible to submit a proposal as a Secondary Lead. The project lead must be an expert researcher who agrees to supervise the student and accept accountability for grant management and performance.

Private organizations are not eligible to apply for a WSIB research grant as a project lead. Private organizations may be identified as a partner or collaborator of an eligible applicant organization.

Funding Available

The maximum grant length is two years (24 months). The maximum funding request is up to $200,000/year for a total maximum budget of $400,000. The WSIB does not renew grants for the same grant purpose. Applicant organizations may submit more than one distinct proposal for consideration during each application cycle

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.


CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Approval Form February 8, 2019
Submission to Sponsor February 15, 2019

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.