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.
The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is now accepting applications for funding under the 2016, RWIP. 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,
- Workplace Innovation projects that lead to improvements in workplace health and safety, and foster successful rehabilitation and productive and safe return to meaningful work, and
- Training and Education projects relevant to workplace health and safety, injury prevention, safe return-to-work and treatment of occupational illness.
Generally, each project would be up to two years in duration and funded up to a maximum of $100,000 each year. A total of $1 million is available to fund qualified projects.
Watch highlights of the 2016 RWIP Launch and Call for Applications.
To be considered for funding, all applications must be received by the WCB no later than 4:00 p.m. CST on the closing dates shown below.
- Applications in the Scientific Research funding stream must be received by the WCB no later than May 11, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. CST
- Applications in the Workplace Innovation and Training and Education funding streams must be received by the WCB no later than June 22, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. CST
- Please take note that a Notice of Intent is a pre-requisite for applications in the Scientific Research funding stream. A Notice of Intent must be received by the WCB no later than March 23, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. CST
All Notices of Intent and applications must be submitted electronically via email to: Bruce M. Cielen, Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program at: firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing dates above. The WCB will not accept applications after the closing dates above.
The WCB has identified research priorities for this year's call for applications under the Scientific Research funding stream. The WCB is particularly interested in receiving Scientific Research applications that address the research priorities described below:
Managing Psychological Injuries
As reflected in Manitoba’s Five-Year Plan for Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention, issues surrounding mental health in the workplace are a priority for the WCB and its partners. Recently, The Workers Compensation Act was amended to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a presumptive workplace injury. Scientific Research applications are welcome for research regarding best practices for return to health and work for workers with PTSD and other mental health conditions.
The Use of Social Marketing in Affecting Attitudes and Behaviour Regarding Workplace Safety and Health
Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses and enhancing workplace safety and health culture are key priorities for the WCB. The WCB uses various social marketing techniques to affect attitudes and behaviour regarding workplace safety and health. To contribute to the most effective use of this tool, scientific research applications are welcome on how different social marketing techniques can be used to affect different social and demographic categories of people, including workers and employers in different industry sectors.
The WCB will continue to accept Scientific Research applications that are within the mandate of the RWIP.
The research priorities above do not apply to applications under the Workplace Innovation and Training and Education funding streams.
1. Kim Roer, St. Boniface Hospital
Engaging an Organization in the Prevention of Work Related Injuries
2. Vicki Kristman; Lakehead University; Marc Corbière, Université du Québec à Montréal; William Shaw, Liberty Mutual Research institute for Safety; Karen Harlos, University of Winnipeg; Margaret Cernigoj, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Mississauga, Ontario
Supervisor and Worker Perspectives on Workplace Accommodations for Mental Health
3. Sarvesh Logsetty, University of Manitoba; Jitender Sareen, James Bolton and Allen Kraut, University of Manitoba; Dan Chateau, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Mental Health Outcomes Following Workplace Injury
4. Catherine Trask, University of Saskatchewan; Brenna Bath, Stephan Milosavljevic, Aaron Kociolek, Bernardo Predicala, Lee Whittington and Erika Penz, University of Saskatchewan
Development of a Comprehensive Toolkit for Evaluating Workplace Musculoskeletal Injury Interventions: Swine Injection Technologies as a Test Case
5. Sudhir Sandhu, Manitoba Building and Construction Trades Council and Allied Hydro Council of Manitoba; Paul Holden, Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
Standardized & Integrated Safety Training for Manitoba’s Skilled Trades
6. Maureen Grace, Hamilton Grace and Associates
Exploring the New Standard: Psychological Safety in the Workplace Using Joint Workplace Health and Safety Committees. Risk/Hazard Identification, Reducing the Hazard, Education, and Evaluation
7. Don Hurst, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association; Jackie Jones, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association
Worksafely Online Program
Bruce M. Cielen
Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program
Telephone: (204) 954-4650 or 1 (855) 954-4321