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January 08 , 2019

For the 2019 research grants competition, the Research Committee is particularly interested in receiving proposals that focus on the following specific topics:

  • Outcomes of shoulder and knee surgeries.
  • The prevention and treatment of work-related psychological injuries.

Other topics falling within these general areas of research will also be considered:

  • Disability management and rehabilitation—Reducing the impact of workplace injury and disease.
  • Return to work—Reducing barriers to employability; integrating best practices to promote safe, effective, appropriate and sustainable return to work.
  • Medical/rehabilitative interventions—Evaluating the efficacy of medical or rehabilitative interventions with a focus on treating occupational disease or injury.
  • Changing nature of work and the work environment—Examining current technological, economic, demographic or social factors affecting the nature of work; exploring implications for Alberta’s worker’s compensation system.
  • Improving the predictability of WCB financing—Including costs and funding, through a better understanding of their relationship with economic and demographic changes.
  • Policy, system-design and decision-making—In workers’ compensation, examining systemic fairness and efficacy in terms of benefit structure, financing of workers’ compensation and incentive plans, decision-making models and review/appeal structures.
  • Knowledge transfer—Evaluating effective ways of putting research findings into practice for communities of interest.

The project team members could include, but would not be limited to the fields of—Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology, Population Health, Rehabilitation, Basic Sciences, Law, Economics and other Social Sciences.

A WCB technical resource could be made available, upon request, to assist with WCB–Alberta data extraction and consultation on database issues.

Please note that while WCB supports worksite safety and injury prevention, WCB-Alberta does not have direct responsibility for occupational health and safety in the province of Alberta. As such, studies that address primary prevention are beyond the WCB’s mandate and these researchers are encouraged to seek alternate sources of funding.

Click here for more information, a link to the letter of intent form, and the guidelines for submitting a proposal. The deadline for the competition is March 29, 2019.

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