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The RAC program has been completed with 242 projects approved between 1999 and 2012.

Learn about the Research Advisory Council (RAC) program.

We're committed to providing exceptional programs and services to Ontario’s workers and employers. The objective of the WSIB Grants Program is to enhance workers’ compensation system outcomes by supporting innovative proposals that are aligned to the WSIB's strategic mandate.

The program will accomplish this through highly practical, expert research studies and training initiatives delivered by professional individuals and organizations that address current and emerging challenges, and strengthen Ontario's workers' compensation system now and in the future.

The Grants Program is aligned to the WSIB Grants Policy (PDF), which provides important information about program structure and governance.

2016 Grant Awards

We are pleased to share the results of our 2016 Grants Program competition. Two researchers have received funding to conduct studies that will improve return-to-work and recovery outcomes for injured and ill workers.

Each proposal addresses a key area of opportunity for the WSIB and directly supports our vision of being the leading workplace compensation board.

Read about the researchers and their funded projects.

2017 Program Information

Please note that the deadline for initial proposals was March 3, 2017. For information about the program priority areas and selection process, please see below.

Grant priority areas: Return to Work and Recovery & Innovations in Service

The central areas of focus of the 2017 WSIB Grants Program are Return to Work and Recovery, and Innovations in Service. Aligned to these categories, the WSIB has identified the following priority areas:

Return to Work & Recovery

  • Vulnerable Workers
  • Mental Health
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Emerging Opportunities

Innovations in Service

  • Technology
  • Partnerships
Please review the 2017 Grants Agenda (PDF) for more information on priority areas and topics of interest. The Grants Agenda outlines topics of interest to the WSIB; however, the merits of all proposals will be considered.

Proposal selection process

The Grants Program involves a rigorous and transparent proposal selection process. We accept the following types of proposals:

1. Research proposals

  • Expert research proposals that deliver practical results for the workers’ compensation system
  • Workplace-based projects that establish partnerships between the workplace, researchers and organizations.

2. Training proposals

  • Initiatives that help workers, employers and the compensation system resolve long-standing barriers
  • Innovative opportunities that build capacity in the community and offer significant potential to improve compensation system results.

Please review the Proposal Instructions (PDF) for more information. All interested parties must submit an Initial Proposal (PDF) to be considered for a WSIB grant. 

Initial Proposal Deadline: March 3, 2017

Interested in becoming a scientific peer reviewer?

Apply your scientific expertise to help the WSIB evaluate and select proposals that will make a difference for the workers and employers of Ontario.

Please email grants@wsib.on.ca or call 416-344-4574 to learn more about becoming a scientific peer reviewer.

Scientific peer reviewers will be offered an honorarium for review of proposals and final reports.

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