The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) is committed to insuring and supporting safe and healthy workplaces, putting workers at the centre of all we do and providing them with valued services for injury prevention, compensation, and return to health and work while maintaining system integrity.
As part of this commitment, WCB Manitoba 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 Research and Workplace Innovation Program. 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.
WCB Manitoba makes available $1 million each year for RWIP projects. In general, each project may be a maximum of two years in duration and may receive maximum funding of $100,000 for each year.
Qualified researchers, scholars, educators, trainers, health-and-safety professionals, healthcare professionals, labour organizations, unions, employers, employer associations, Industry-Based Safety Programs and safety associations can apply for funding.
WCB Manitoba identifies research priorities to ensure that projects funded under the Scientific Research funding stream of the RWIP are aligned with the WCB’s strategic priorities and would result in practical outcomes for the WCB and its stakeholders. WCB Manitoba is particularly interested in receiving Scientific Research applications that address the research priorities below:
A – Comparative Analysis of WCB Retrospective Data to Determine the Efficacy of Healthcare Usage and Treatment Modalities for Optimal Return To Work Outcomes
B – Assessment, Screening, Monitoring and Control of Physical, Chemical and Biological Exposure Agents in the Workplace
C – Early Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Occupational Disease from a Prevention Lens
WCB Manitoba will continue to accept applications under the Scientific Research funding stream that are within the mandate of the RWIP but which do not address Research Priorities A, B or C above.
Please take note that the RWIP does not fund capital projects or profit-driven research and development projects.
Important RWIP Dates
Please take note that there are two different closing dates for applications:
Applications in the Scientific Research funding stream must be received by the WCB no later than May 18, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. CST.
Please take note that a Notice of Intent (NOI) is a pre-requisite for applications in the Scientific Research Funding stream only. An NOI must be received by the WCB no later than March 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST.
Applications in the Training and Education and Workplace Innovation funding streams must be received by the WCB no later than June 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. CST.
WCB Manitoba will not accept applications after the closing dates above.
Information on the RWIP application process, including the funding streams, is available on the RWIP webpage.
The webpage includes:
- Customized templates in Word Format for applications in each funding stream
- An Applicant Information Document to assist you in the application process
- Policy 52.10, Research and Workplace Innovation Program
- The 2016 RWIP Annual Report
For more information about when and how to apply for RWIP funding, please contact:
Bruce M. Cielen
Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program
Tel: (204) 954-4650