MEMIC Security Research Center Now Accepting 2022 Grant Proposals

MEMIC Security Research Center Now Accepting 2022 Grant Proposals

  • 07/19/22

Portland, ME ( – The MEMIC Safety Research Center is now accepting grant applications of up to $30,000 to engage in research that positively impacts the safety and health of the workforce- work.

This is the second round of grants offered by the MEMIC Safety Research Center, established in 2021 to facilitate the understanding and prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses in partnership with MEMIC staff, policyholders and academia. . The 2022 cycle funding is available for scholars at institutions of higher education in the United States and its territories.

MEMIC Group President and CEO Michael Bourque said the second year of the grant program will build on the beneficial workplace safety research begun with the Safety Research Center’s inaugural 2021 grant.

“Our effort to partner with academia to bring security best practices to the industry is paying off, so we’re excited to continue the program and see it thrive,” Bourque said. “The MEMIC Safety Research Center grant application invites researchers to take an in-depth look at the challenges of workforce safety in partnership with MEMIC. While MEMIC’s loss control and safety team is already well versed – and relentless – in finding real-time solutions that reduce the frequency and severity of work-related injuries, we also know that there are has a lot to learn. We believe the research generated by the center will only improve our offerings to our policyholders so they can implement new best practices in workforce safety.

Safety Research Center MEMIC awarded its first-ever award in 2021 to a team of professors from the Department of Safety Science at Indiana University in Pennsylvania who are studying ways to limit slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

IUP researchers noted that injuries from slips, trips and falls were the second most common cause of workplace injuries in 2020, accounting for 18.2% of all workplace injuries and illnesses with cost direct estimated at nearly $11 billion.

“Engaging in research with Indiana University in Pennsylvania shows us what is possible when we extend the search for proactive solutions to academia, for the benefit of our policyholders,” said Dr. Luis F. Pieretti. , head of industrial hygiene at The MEMIC Group and architect of the MEMIC Safety Research Center. “Now in our second year, we look forward to continuing to expand the current state of knowledge about occupational hazards and how we can prevent unsafe working conditions in every industry.”

The MEMIC Safety Research Center was launched as part of the MEMIC Group’s mission to improve the work of worker compensation through compassion, trusted partnerships and an unrelenting commitment to workplace safety. Workforce. By working closely with policyholders over the past 28 years, MEMIC’s team of safety experts has improved its understanding and reduced the likelihood of workplace injuries and illnesses by directly observing, collecting and analyzing data to identify the root causes of injuries and provide practical preventative solutions. .

“Funding from the MEMIC grant in 2021 allows us to examine how new wearable technology can help better understand the biomechanics of walking on different types of surfaces in complex work environments, such as construction. This kind of applied research is fundamental in developing interventions to minimize the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls,” said Dr. Wanda Minnick, lead researcher of the Indiana University team in Pennsylvania. “MEMIC funding is essential for IUP Safety Sciences as we strive to keep new technologies at the forefront of our research, and it gives us the opportunity to understand how new technologies can be used to address a hazard historically problematic on construction sites.

Proposals for the MEMIC Security Research Center Grants 2022 should be submitted online via the Proposal Submission Form by October 14. Grants will be awarded in November.

Funded projects must be completed within two years and results disseminated in peer-reviewed journals or via a published thesis or dissertation. Updates on research progress should be provided on a semi-annual basis. Proposals must clearly indicate short-term and long-term impacts on the safety and health of the workforce.

Visit for more information on the MEMIC Safety Research Center and a full description of application requirements.

Visit to view a list of peer-reviewed publications authored or co-authored by members of MEMIC’s Loss Control Department.


MEMIC Group includes MEMIC Indemnity Company, MEMIC Casualty Company and parent company Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company; all rated “A” (Excellent) by AM Best. The MEMIC Group holds licenses to write workers’ compensation nationwide. The group insures and serves more than 20,000 employers and their approximately 300,000 employees with service teams dedicated to safety and injury management from Maine to Florida.


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