WorkplaceNL 2020 Research Initiatives Program




2020 Research Initiatives Program


WorkplaceNL’s Research Initiatives Program promotes and provides funding for workplace health and safety research to inform innovative, practical, and easy-to-implement solutions that support the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses or support re-integration into the workforce, post-injury.

Additional information concerning the application process can be found on


Experienced researchers may apply but must be affiliated with an eligible applicant organization. Examples of applicant organizations include:

  • Publicly funded universities or colleges.
  • Public hospitals or health authorities with a specialized research area.
  • Not-for-profit or registered charitable organizations with the capability and capacity to conduct research.
  • Canadian non-governmental organizations with the capability and capacity to conduct research.
  • Other organizations that have the capacity to conduct research and are not privately owned and operated, may also be eligible to apply.
  • Master or Ph.D. level students conducting research at a Canadian institution are eligible to submit a proposal as Secondary Investigator. The Principal Investigator must have research expertise, agree to supervise the student and accept accountability for the management of the research agreement and student’s performance.

Funding Availability

Generally, each project is up to 12 months in duration and funded to a maximum of $150,000. Historically, the average approved project costs has been $60,000 for 12 months. Quarterly reports detailing funds spent to date and details of progress in execution of the project and accomplishment of stated objectives will be required as a condition of receiving payments. There will be a holdback of 10 per cent of the approved funding amount pending receipt and WorkplaceNL approval of the final report.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

A complete package of the Letter of Intent and supporting attachments should be emailed to

If invited to full proposal, please contact Kristin Gibson at The full application will be due, along with OR-5 form, to the Office of Research Services, one week prior to the deadline established by WorkplaceNL. Email complete package with OR-5 to

How to Apply

The application deadline for the Letter of Intent is January 6, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the deadline to submit a full research proposal if the Letter of Intent is approved. Depending on the topic and proposal, WorkplaceNL can also consider submissions outside of this timeframe.

For Questions, please contact


Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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