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WSIB Research and Grants Program: Systematic Review

Opportunity NameSystematic Review: Occupational Exposure to Allergens and Irritants and the Development of Occupational asthma
AgencyOntario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
ValueUp to $175,000
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 18 months
Application due to FSc RO at for full review07-21-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review07-29-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review08-03-2022, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 08-05-2022, by 5:00PM

To enhance workplace injury and illness insurance system outcomes by supporting innovative proposals that help advance WSIB’s strategic mandate. 

Outcomes from the systematic review may be considered by the WSIB to determine whether the scientific evidence meets the recommended standards for scheduling, policy development or for adjudicative support in case-by-case decision-making reviewing the issue entitled for claims among people at work. 

The review must address: 

  • occupations of concern (e.g., auto industry workers (i.e., manufacturing and repair), food industry workers (i.e., bakers, seafood workers), painters, welders and metal forming workers, agricultural workers, wood workers, health care workers, cleaners and janitorial workers, printing industry), and 
  • occupational exposures (i.e., allergens or irritants) of concern (e.g., isocyanates, metal dust and fumes, flour dust, wood dust, molds, aldehydes, acrylates, metal working fluids, cleaning agents, paints, solvents, fumes, adhesives/epoxy/glues, allergenic non-offset sprays in the printing industry).


The research team will require a minimum of three (3) team members including:

  • At least one member with a doctorate in epidemiology.
  • At least one member who has formal training in toxicology or industry hygiene (Masters Level or PhD).
  • At least one member of the team must have demonstrated experience conducting systematic reviews including meta-analyses related to disease etiology.

In addition, the ideal research team may also include at least one member who is a MD with a specialization in occupational medicine or respiratory medicine.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Technology & Society)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)