Research and Grants Program

Two funding competitions are now open for proposals

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Research and Grants Program

We're 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.

Systematic review: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vapours, gases, dusts and fumes

The WSIB is now accepting proposals for a Systematic review: Occupational exposure to vapours, gases, dusts and fumes and the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

The WSIB is seeking to fund one new award for a systematic review of the scientific evidence examining if occupational exposure to vapours, gases, dusts and fumes cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Please carefully review the specific requirements in the proposal instructions and other relevant information. 

To obtain a funding overview and/or application form for this competition, email

All proposals are to be in English only. Application deadline is December 1, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. E.T. Application received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.


2022 Grants open competition

The 2022 Grants open competition is now closed. We thank all applicants that submitted a proposal for their interest.

If you would like updates about our research and grants program, including future calls for proposals, please email and we'll add you to our email distribution list. 

Initial Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2021

Grants priority areas

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.

Selection process

We follow a rigorous and transparent proposal selection process for our Research and Grants Program. We accept the following types of proposals:

1. Research proposals

  • Expert research proposals that deliver practical results for the workplace safety and compensation system
  • Workplace-based projects that create partnerships between the workplace, researchers and organizations

2. Training proposals
Initiatives that help people with workplace injuries and illnesses, employers and the workplace safety and compensation system solve long-standing barriers
Innovative opportunities that build capacity in the community and offer significant potential to improve system results

Opportunities are available for applicants to connect with stakeholders familiar with the WSIB or WSIB staff to better align their proposals to the needs of the organization. However, any engagement must be reported at the time of submission. Please email for more information. 

For more information, review the grant proposal instructions

Download the WSIB grants application form (PDF)

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