WorkSafeBC Exploratory Research Grant

Do you have a research idea that may lead to scientific or applied breakthroughs in the workplace to improve health and safety?

We are pleased to announce a brand new grant opportunity opened to academic researchers on December 19, 2023!

Exploratory Research

Exploratory Research is a new funding stream within Innovation that encourages exploration of occupational health and safety and work disability challenges through a new lens, bringing together non-traditional disciplines to create bold and lasting effects. This stream is designed to welcome novel tools, applications, methods, programs, or knowledge that can revolutionize occupational health and safety for workers, employers, and workplaces.

Academic researchers based in (or formally affiliated with) a Canadian university or a Canadian research institution are encouraged to apply to Exploratory Research as the principal applicant. All applicants must propose research topics that align with our research priorities.

  • Researchers are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary teams, including workers and employers, to address the research topic. Applicants are asked to carefully consider the composition of the research team to ensure that there is sufficient expertise and resources to conduct the project, perform effective knowledge translation and exchange, and obtain ethics approval as needed.
  • Awards are up to $125,000 for a duration of 24 months.

The 2024 Exploratory Research grant competition is now open. Applications are due March 8, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. PST.

We can help!

Visit our website to learn more and apply today. We encourage applicants to reach out to Research Services by email at with any questions about the application process or to discuss research ideas.