Canadian workplaces are a reflection of our society. The number of people with disabilities, chronic conditions, and work-related health issues is growing. Further, Canada's workforce is aging, and more and more working Canadians are devoting considerable time and energy to caregiving responsibilities. For some Canadians, physical and mental health issues and disabilities are a barrier to entering the workforce; for those who are already employed, they can be a barrier to sustaining meaningful work.
Employers are grappling with changing skills requirements and the challenges of accommodating their employees’ needs as they strive to develop and retain their workforces. Responding to these challenges demands expertise from across disciplines and fields of research and requires linkages with academic and non-academic stakeholders. Workers, employers, policy-makers, regulators, clinicians, insurers, service providers, workplace safety and insurance boards, unions, professional associations, and other stakeholders face challenges and opportunities as they adapt to the unique health needs and characteristics of the 21st century workforce.
Healthy and Productive Work, a joint initiative of CIHR and SSHRC, reflects the interplay between health and social sciences in responding to the growing interest in maintaining a healthy, productive and inclusive Canadian workforce.
The goal of the Healthy and Productive Work Initiative is to engage stakeholders in developing, implementing, evaluating and scaling-up innovative, evidence-informed and gender-responsive solutions to foster the labour force participation of men and women with health issues (e.g., injuries, illnesses, chronic diseases, mental health challenges, and other conditions) and disabilities, as well as older workers and workers with caregiving responsibilities outside of their paid work.
The Healthy and Productive Work initiative focuses on interventions which may include but are not limited to accommodations, tools and policies that address modifications to work and work environments designed to enable participation in meaningful work. Both formal and informal interventions at various levels will be considered (individual workers, organizations, workplaces, sectors, policy/regulatory, educational institutions, the health care system, etc.). Flexible work arrangements, physical modifications to the work environment, and processes intended to enable an employee to return to or remain at work, as well as policy interventions aimed at supporting accommodation, are all meaningful examples.
Differences in the biology and social circumstances of men and women may give rise to different work and health needs. To ensure the meaningful integration of sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA), this funding opportunity requires the inclusion of a Sex and Gender Champion on each team. The Champion is an individual with expertise and experience in SGBA relevant to the field of study. Applicants are expected to ensure this individual is included as an integral part of the team with the support and decision-making power required to influence the integration of SGBA throughout the study.
Partnership Grants (PG) provide support for new and existing formal partnerships to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions. Partnership Grants are intended for large teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types.
A two-phased approach is being used to fund teams responding to this call.
In Phase 1 (now complete), CIHR and SSHRC provided Partnership Development Grants to support new and/or existing partnerships to foster new research and related activities.
In Phase 2, Partnership Development Grant applicants who were successful in Phase 1 are invited to submit an application for a Partnership Grant. This will provide support for partnered initiatives that advance research and related activities pertaining to the Healthy and Productive Work joint initiative.
Researcher – Stakeholder Partnership Requirements
This funding opportunity will support Formal Partnerships. Funded partnerships must enable reciprocal flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers and stakeholders (both within and beyond academia) by integrating stakeholders throughout the entire research process. Researchers and stakeholders will collaborate to develop the research questions, decide on methodology, collect data, interpret the findings, and disseminate the research results. This collaboration should increase the likelihood of adoption and uptake of research results.
This funding opportunity will also support multidisciplinary formal partnerships involving researchers from health and social sciences and/or humanities domains.