Columbus, OH – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) recently announced $15 million in available grant funds through the Workforce Safety Innovation Center (WSIC). This funding opportunity is being offered for the research and development of cutting-edge personal protective equipment (PPE) and personal protective technology (PPT) to enhance workplace safety.
Data collected from BWC claims determines priority areas of focus for the research and evaluation of new technologies and products that will be developed through the Workforce Safety Innovation Grant to reduce the frequency and severity of on-the-job injuries. The grant is administered to accelerate the process for innovations from proof-of-concept to the marketplace.
“This initiative reflects Ohio’s commitment to staying at the forefront of safety technology, investing in solutions that safeguard the well-being of our workforce,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
Applicants must be from not-for-profit higher education institutions and standalone research organizations located in Ohio. This grant encourages strong relationships and collaboration among business, academia, and research institutions to continually create new ways to protect Ohio’s workers. Grant recipients will be awarded $500,000 – $1,500,000 per project.
“Through funding and collaboration with Ohio industries, we aim to accelerate the transformation of groundbreaking ideas into practical safety measures, ensuring safer working environments for all Ohioans,” emphasized BWC Administrator/CEO John Logue.
For more information visit the WSIC website.
The Chief of the Workforce Safety Innovation Center is Sandi Golden-Vest. Her background includes more than 27 years of experience in various programmatic and leadership roles. Prior to joining BWC, Golden-Vest served as Federal Grants Administrator and Public Health and Healthcare Training and Exercise Program Manager at the Ohio Department of Health, where she served for over 14 years. During the pandemic, Sandi played a vital role in the state’s Personal Protective Equipment Task Force and executive leadership team.
Source: Ohio BWC