WSIB: 2021 Grants Program Strategic Initiative


Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

For More Information

For more information, please visit Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's website.


WSIB is seeking to fund one new award for a systematic review of the scientific evidence examining if occupational asbestos exposure causes gastro-intestinal cancers.

Specifically, the review must address:

  • Gastro-intestinal cancers and the individual cancers (i.e. cancers of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon and rectum)
  • Individual types of asbestos (i.e. chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite) where possible
  • Identification of 
    • Any dose-response relationships
    • Interdependent causes or synergistic relationships 
    • Subgroups of workers who have an increased risk of developing gastrointentinal cancers and/or any of the individual cancers
  • Examine any evidence for a minimum interval (latency) between the first exposure to asbestos and the diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer and/or any of the individual cancers


The research team will require a minimum of three (3) team members including:

  • At least one member with a Doctorate in Epidemiology
  • At least one member who has formal training in toxicology or industry hygiene (Masters Level or PhD)
  • At least one member of the team must have demonstrated experience conducting systematic reviews including meta-analyses related to disease etiology

Expert researchers affiliated with an eligible applicant organization: 

  • Publicly funded universities or colleges 
  • Public hospitals 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 capability and capacity to conduct research and are not privately owned and operated may also be eligible for a WSIB grant. 

Note: Private organizations are not eligible to apply for a WSIB research grant as a Project or Secondary Lead. Private organizations may be identified as a partner or collaborator of an eligible applicant organization. 

Funding Availability

One grant will be awarded with a funding term of up to 12 months and a total of $150,000.

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.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Application form due to WSIB.

How to Apply

To express interest and obtain an application form, please email

For Questions, please contact

For inquiries regarding the application process, please contact the Grants Team at

Office of Research

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

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