Research Opportunities

WorkplaceNL provides funding for research initiatives in the following areas:

  • Injury prevention
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Early and safe return to work
  • Labour market re-entry
  • Occupational health or disease

To be eligible for funding, you must be able to demonstrate sufficient subject expertise and the potential of your research to improve health and safety in Newfoundland and Labrador workplaces.

You can submit a research proposal at any time and can discuss your research ideas with the Senior Policy and Research Advisor prior to submitting an application.

Application Process

Stage One: Letter of Intent

Submit a Letter of Intent outlining your contact information, research project title, purpose, objectives, outcomes, and proposed budget to research@workplacenl.ca.

Be sure to outline the anticipated benefits to Newfoundland and Labrador workplaces, and a brief statement on how you intend to share your research findings with stakeholders and the public.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to proceed with a research proposal submission.

Stage Two: Research Proposal Submission

In stage two, applicants will be invited to submit a detailed research proposal that includes:

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology (including timelines)
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Budget Details
  • Investigator’s Credentials

Our Board of Directors reviews and approves all research funding applications. Approved research projects will be monitored by the Policy, Research and Internal Review Department.

Research Reports

The following five projects were funded in 2019:

  • Eastern Health – Reducing Injury through Safe-Handling and Improving Early and Safe Return to Work. Research funding is supporting a multi-faceted evaluation of the main causes of lost-time injury by assessing the Early and Safe Return to Work Program (ESRTW), the Safe-Resident Handling Program, and the Safe-Materials Handling Program, termed the Safer Together Initiative. This initiative is assessing a number of indicators including employee injuries, duration of lost-time, safety climate, and staff awareness and satisfaction.
  • University of Manitoba – Understanding Work-Related Injuries, Risk Factors, and Short-term Outcomes among Middle-Aged and Older Workers Using National Data for Provincial Comparisons. Research funding will provide useful information at both the provincial and national level, on the nature of work-related injuries among middle-aged and older workers, to support healthy/active aging and workplace injury prevention.
  • A collaboration between the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, ON; Memorial University of Newfoundland; and the Brockville Mental Health Centre – Assessing Operational Stress Injuries and Symptoms for Mental Health Care Providers in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.  Prior research identified a link between rates of violence exposure and operational stress injury symptoms. Research funding supported this collaboration through a similar study to Newfoundland and Labrador: PTSD Among Mental Health Care Providers in Newfoundland and Labrador and Key Findings and Recommendations.
  • SafetyNet – Completed Research on Workplace Mental Health Issues. Final research reports include the following: