Congratulations Research to Solutions (R2S) Grant Winners

The National Safety Council MSD Solutions Lab is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Research to Solutions (R2S) grant. The goal of the R2S grant is to develop, evaluate and/or disseminate effective solutions for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), focusing on occupational injury risk reduction. 

For the inaugural 2023-2024 grant cycle, NSC called upon R2S applicants to support one or more key research areas, including: emerging technologies, solutions to jobs or tasks known to have high MSD risk, MSD management systems, future of work, and total worker wellbeing. This year’s R2S grant winners are:

Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey), awarded $75,000 to implement an automated image captioning system, designed to help employers better identify ergonomic risk factors and real-time solutions.  

Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa), awarded $61,000 to develop a predictive model and AI-based ergonomics app for risk assessment and mitigation that enables employers in high-risk industries to understand shoulder MSD risk in different scenarios impacting their workers – with and without an exoskeleton – to make more informed decisions about injury mitigation. 

Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia), awarded $51,000 to implement inexpensive, camera-based marker-less sensors along with machine-learning models to assess worker physical exposures and MSD risks more efficiently, accurately and comprehensively.

University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada), awarded $37,000 to generate evidence-based guidance on computer vision-based MSD risk assessment technology in the workplace, so employers can better determine the optimal approach and timing for integrating computer vision-based MSD risk assessment tools into their ergonomics programs.

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