Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant

Sponsored by the ASHP Foundation
The 2014 application cycle is now closed. Please check back for information about the next program offering or sign up for the ASHP Foundation E-news for the latest information.

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation (ASHP Foundation) is offering a research grant program that will support practice-based research, related to the ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) or Ambulatory PPMI, conducted by residents in ASHP-accredited pharmacy residency programs or by residents in pharmacy residency programs that have submitted an application for ASHP accreditation.  A secondary goal of the program is to develop pharmacy residents’ research skills while fostering development of mentoring relationships with more experienced senior investigators.  

The proposed practice-based research must be consistent with the vision, mission and strategic priorities of the ASHP Foundation. The PPMI is driven by a set of assumptions, beliefs, and recommendations from the November 2010 ASHP/ASHP Foundation PPMI Summit and the recommendations from the March 2014 ASHP Ambulatory Conference and Summit. Submission of studies that evaluate the pharmacy practice models in hospitals, health systems, and other ambulatory settings--such as the utilization of technology, role delineation changes for the pharmacists and non-pharmacists, or improving the patient care opportunities for pharmacists–is invited. Applicants can find the recommendations from the PPMI Summit and the Ambulatory PPMI in the PPMI Web Resource Center. This resource center also includes the full proceedings of the PPMI Summit along with audio-synchronized slide presentations. Full proceedings from the Ambulatory PPMI Conference and Summit will be published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy on August 15, 2014.

Clinical studies, including pharmacokinetics research and medication effectiveness studies are not supported through this program.

Eligibility Criteria
1. The proposed research must focus on the advancement of pharmacy practice models and be conducted by a pharmacy resident in an ASHP-accredited residency program or a program that has applied for ASHP residency accreditation. Clinical Studies, including pharmacokinetic studies and medication effectiveness studies are not supported through this program.

2. A senior investigator must participate on the research team as a mentor/advisor. In the application process and grant progress reports, evidence must be included regarding the support and involvement of the senior investigator.  For this grant program, the senior investigator assumes responsibility for compliance with all requirements of the grant program.  The senior investigator does not have to be a pharmacist.  Applicants must an individual with a strong research track record as the senior investigator History of publication of original research in peer-reviewed biomedical journals and receipt of extramural grant funding will be used to evaluate the senior investigator’s research track record. A biostatistician should be included as a member of the research team.

3. Strong consideration should be given to allocating a portion of the budget to support biostatistics   consultation. 

4. The proposed research must be submitted to an institutional review board (IRB) for approval. Evidence of IRB approval must be provided to the ASHP Foundation upon acceptance of the grant award.  Grant funds will not be disbursed until evidence of IRB approval, or exemption from review, has been received.

5. Individuals who previously served as a principal investigator on any ASHP Foundation grant are eligible to apply if all work, including journal submission of the study findings, on the previously funded research is complete. If a tie score occurs during the grant review process, the grant will be awarded to the applicant(s) who has/have not received a grant from the ASHP Foundation previously. 

6. Not-for-profit organizations, for-profit entities, and government agencies are eligible to apply to this program.  If a for-profit entity or government agency is a grant recipient, the monetary award provided by the ASHP Foundation must be received and managed by a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Applicant organizations must be in the United States of America to be eligible for the grant.

7. Members of the ASHP and ASHP Foundation boards of directors as well as ASHP and ASHP Foundation staff are not eligible to serve as a member of the investigator team for this research grant program. 

8. The research must comply with the NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research that were amended in October 2001. 

9. The research must comply with the NIH Policy and Guidelines On the Inclusion of Children As Participants in Research Involving Human Subjects.

10. The study timeline should not exceed 18 months from project initiation.

11. Senior investigators cannot apply for more than one grant in an application cycle.

Funding Information
Up to six $5,000 grants will be awarded. Grants will be awarded to pharmacy residents to provide funding for specific practice-based research related to advancing pharmacy practice models and are not intended for long-term support of research programs. Facilities and administrative cost rates that do not exceed 8 percent of the total requested budget are allowed.

Application Process
Please submit applications using the electronic application process (links will be provided when the next application cycle opens). Full eligibility requirements and application procedures will be included in the application instructions.

Selection Criteria
Grant applications will be reviewed by a selection panel using the following criteria:  

Criteria Based Score = Between 0-100
Using the following criteria, reviewers should provide an overall score to reflect their assessment of the study: rationale; objectives; significance and innovation; investigators and environment; study methods; and scope and timeline.

• Specific Aims and Hypothesis - 20 points
• Rationale and Significance - 10 points
• Innovation - 10 points
• Investigators and Environment - 15 points
• Approach - 40 points
• Scope and Timeline - 5 points

Overall Funding Priority Score = Between 1-9

Using a rating scale, reviewers will provide an overall priority score to reflect their overall assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved. This score represents the reviewers overall assessment of the application and is not based only on the criteria-based score described in this PDF.

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Grant Recipients
Learn more about grants funded in this year and in previous years.