Society of 67 Pathology Trainee Project Grants In Healthcare Innovation


The Society of ’67 Pathology Trainee Project Grants in Health Services Research and Education funds innovative research and education projects that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and/or access related to pathology services.


The Society of ’67 of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) is pleased to announce a grant program for pathology trainees (medical students, residents, fellows) in Pathology Health Services. Grants will fund innovative research and education projects that address issues of healthcare quality, costs, and/or access related to pathology services. Two categories of grants will be considered: Research and Educational. Funding is up to $5,000 for one year. The 2021 program will open by mid-September.

  • Research Project Grants: To investigate a question and/or to develop a technology in pathology/lab medicine services that improves healthcare quality, cost, or access.
  • Education Project Grants: To develop an educational program or offering in pathology/lab medicine services focused on improving healthcare quality, cost, or access.

Eligibility Information

Eligible applicants must be either: 

  • A medical student at an APC member institution. 
  • A resident in an ACGME accredited pathology residency program at an APC member institution. 
  • A fellow in a pathology subspecialty program or a postdoctoral certification program at an APC member institution.

Applicants must have a faculty sponsor/advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the Pathology Department at their institution. If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants must also have a letter of sponsorship from the appropriate Chair of the Pathology Department or Program Director of the pathology training program at their institution.

Letter of Intent

Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) application [NOW CLOSED]. Only one LOI per applicant permitted. LOIs must be submitted no later than 2:00pm ET on October 8, 2021. LOIs will be screened and all applicants will be notified of the review committee's decision by October 25, 2021. Only applicants whose LOI demonstrates alignment and value to health services research or education will be invited to complete a full proposal and application, which must be submitted by 2:00pm ET on November 22, 2021. Details on the application process will follow for successful LOI submitters who are invited to submit a full proposal.


October 8, 2021 by 2:00pm (Eastern) - Letter of Intent - Now Closed
October 25, 2021 - Notifications/Invitation for Full Proposal
November 22, 2021 by 2:00pm (Eastern) - Full Proposal
December 22, 2021 - Notifications

Funding Restrictions

  • Funds may be used for data collection and analysis, supplies, equipment, and technical support that are directly related to the conduct of the project.
  • Funds will not be allowed for salary support of university faculty, hospital medical/nursing staff, or student stipends.
  • Budget should include direct costs only.
  • Funding of applicants whose relevant certifications have not been provided within the first 3 months of the project may be rescinded. Funds will not be transferred until relevant certifications (CITI, IRB, etc.) are provided.
  • Funding will be transferred to the pathology department or faculty advisor/mentor who will be responsible for appropriate use by the investigator.

Review Criteria

The major criteria for evaluation by the review committee will be the creativity, quality, and potential impact of the project. The following criteria will be included in the review committee's assessment: 

  • Project Plan of Action
  • Significance, potential impact in pathology and healthcare delivery
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration (the extent of inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational collaboration)
  • Potential for success
  • Requisite skills and experience of applicant and faculty advisor
  • Budget (cost-effectiveness and availability of any additional support/matching funds)
  • Likelihood of completion in the time frame proposed
  • Potential for success

Award Administration Information

  • Award Notices: Award notices will be issued from the APC Society of '67 by December 22, 2021.
  • Reporting: All awardees are required to submit to the Society of '67: (1) a mid-term progress report (at the halfway point of the projected timeline in the proposal, and (2) a final report due no later than 30 days past the award period end date. Failure to submit a timely progress report may result in departmental exclusion from future award opportunities and support. The APC Society of ’67 reserves the right to contact awardees/sponsors periodically to continue tracking progress and outcomes of the resulting awards.
  • Publicity: Information about grants awarded under this program will be posted on the APC websites. Applicants must agree to acknowledge the APC Society of ’67 in any website, journal publications, presentations, future grant applications, and/or invention disclosures that result from this award. Citation information will be provided in the Notice of Award.


Requests for additional information and questions may be directed to [email protected] - Melvin Limson, PhD, Director of Programs & Development, Association of Pathology Chairs. Phone: 302.660.4944. 

2020 Awardees

2019 Awardees

2018 Awardees

In December 2018, the inaugural Pathology Trainee Project Grants were awarded to the following recipients. The project description as described in their letters of intent are linked on the project titles below.