WSIB: 2022 Research and Grants Program


Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)


Research and Grants Program 


WSIB is committed to providing exceptional programs and services to the people and businesses of Ontario.

The objective of the WSIB Grants Program is to enhance workers’ compensation system outcomes by supporting innovative proposals that are aligned to our strategic mandate.

The program accomplishes this through highly practical research and training studies delivered by professionals and organizations that can strengthen Ontario's workers' compensation system now and in the future.

The 2022 WSIB Research and Grants Program will focus on research that can help make Ontario the safest place to work. Three considerations for the competition include: 

  1. how we work
  2. how we approach health and safety 
  3. how we support return-to-work and recovery

The grants agenda provides more information on the topics of interest for the 2022 proposal.


Grant proposals fall into two major categories: research grants and training grants. Both proposal types must be highly practical, delivered by leading experts and demonstrate significant potential to improve outcomes for people working in Ontario, employers or the broader compensation system.

See eligibility criteria to determine who can apply to the WSIB Research and Grants Program.

Funding Availability

The maximum funding request is up to $150,000/year for a total maximum budget of $300,000. The WSIB does not renew grants for the same grant purpose. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The maximum grant length is two years (24 months). 

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 initial proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

Applicant to email application to WSIB. Please see "How to Apply" below and WSIB Program Information.

How to Apply

All applicants must complete sections 1-7 of the Initial Proposal Form. 

Email an unprotected or unsecured PDF signed copy of the completed proposal to on or before 5:00 p.m. (EST) on October 15, 2021. Hard copies of the application are not required. Digital signatures will be accepted. 

For Questions, please contact


If you have questions regarding the WSIB Research and Grants Program, please contact: 

Office of Research

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

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