ASC Foundation Investigator Grant

The American Society of Cytopathology launched its philanthropic initiative in 2002 with the inauguration of its FoundationThe ASC Foundation has been dedicated to funding the non-operational costs of the Society to assure fiduciary responsibilities to the mission, membership and public as it insures the Society’s financial stability. The ASC Foundation has focused its mission on funding activities in Education, Advocacy and Research.

The ASC Foundation currently supports an Investigator Grant, a Patient Advocacy Grant, Annual Scientific Meeting Travel Scholarships and an Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Award. 

ASC Foundation Investigator Grant
The ASC Investigator Grant consists of a two-year $50,000 research grant with $25,000 paid annually to the successful applicant.  The purpose of the grant is to contribute to the advancement of cytopathology research. 

Over the last three years, the ASC has been working to define evidence-based recommendations for workload for cytotechnologists who screen image-guided Pap tests.  The recommendations were approved by the ASC Executive Board and presented to the CLIAC.  The CLIAC strongly supported changing the recommendations, but requires more research on workload practices in laboratories.  Special consideration will be given to research projects that involve workload.

The Investigator Grant is open to ALL ASC Members in good standing 

Grant Objectives:

  • To stimulate innovative research relevant to the field of cytopathology
  • To impact academic and career development of all investigators and to attract them to contribute to  the field of cytopathology
  • To provide preliminary data for future funding from NIH and other funding sources. 

Grant applications should:

  • Define key steps or milestones on a critical pathway from the present level of research knowledge to the practical application.
  • Identify discrete barriers to this progress and strategies to overcome them.
  • Employ a unique perspective and innovative research methods.
  • Include plans for evaluating the process and outcome of the research effort.
  • Optional: include collaborations that allow diverse disciplines to contribute to the research effort.


The research will commence on January 1, 2015 and continue for two years.

instructions and criteria

Below are instructions and criteria for the ASC Foundation Investigator Grant. 

  1. The applicant must be an ASC Member in good standing.
  2. The applicant must have completed their formal training in cytopathology or cytotechnology. 
  3. The applicant must be either: a) a US, Canadian or Mexican citizen; b) a lawfully admitted permanent resident foreign national of the US, Canada or Mexico; or, c) a foreign national admitted lawfully for residence in the US, Canada or Mexico during the training period.
  4. A complete application, as specified in the instructions, must be submitted on the ASC Web site and received by August 15, 2014.
  5. A curriculum vitae that includes educational training indicating the time, place and degrees awarded, relevant awards and honors.
  6. A proposed research plan (no more than three single-spaced pages with one-inch margins and no less than 11-point font).  This document should be a summary of the proposed research project as well as any simultaneous training that will be obtained during the period of research support.   The summary should include key questions posed or hypotheses to be tested, a brief introductory review giving the rationale for the research, and a statement of how the questions or hypotheses will be studied with emphasis on experimental design over the details of the specific methods to be used.  Preliminary results supporting the research plan should be included or referenced.  Specific research (and, if applicable, training) goals to be reached at the end of the grantresearch period should also be provided.  The applicant and their mentor (see #10) may jointly write this portion of the application.
  7. Active and pending research support.  Include the source; grant number, principal investigator, title, inclusive dates of funding, total amount of award and amount of award for the year the grant may be awarded.  The applicant may explain any scientific or budgetary overlap with the grant and, in the case of pending applications, how these will be resolved in the event of funding by more than one agency.  The final resolution of any funding conflicts will be decided by the ASC.
  8. A budget detailing the anticipated annual expenditures during the grant period.  There are no a priori restrictions on the utilization of the grant, except that the grant should not be used to pay indirect costs.  The budget should include: a) total salary support for the applicant (following institutional guidelines for individuals at a comparable level of training); b) any sources of funding other than from this grant; and c) the assurance that adequate equipment and sufficient supply funds will be available to permit successful completion of the proposed research.  The grant will be made to the Grants Office of the Institution at which the Awardee is employed.
  9. A statement of career goals (no more than one page) describing the applicant’s short and long term career goals and how the  investigator grant will enhance these career plans.  The career statement should also include alternative means of support and activities that may be available should the applicant be unsuccessful in receiving the grant or award.
  10. Two Letters of recommendation from individuals or mentors, if the applicant has been in practice for less than five years, who are familiar with the applicant’s potential.  Include in the letter of recommendation information assuring that the mentor/sponsor has sufficient resources to facilitate the awardee and can support expenses beyond the grant if the project will incur greater expense. This letter should also include a statement that the Mentor or Applicant has an Internal Review Board approval for HIPAA compliant study of human subjects/samples, if applicable.
  11. Letter from applicant explaining why he/she should be considered for the Grant
  12. Application material should be submitted in a .pdf in the order listed. Pages should be numbered and submitted in page order as one file, received by August 15, 2014.

The grantee will be selected on the basis of his/her qualifications and interest in research, reference from their mentors, and the selection committee’s evaluation of the potential professional benefit of the grant to the candidates.   The grant does not have to be awarded if the Foundation Board does not receive appropriate applications. 

Funding of the second year of the award will be contingent upon submission of a brief summary of progress by the applicant with a letter from the mentor indicating continued support of the award recipient’s activities.  The summary and mentor letter must be received by the ASC Foundation Board by October 1st of each year.   At the conclusion of the award period, a final report is required.  Grant recipients may also be asked to present a 10-15 minute talk at the ASC Annual Scientific Meeting.


All applicants will be notified of the Foundation Board’s decision in September, 2014.  The grant awardees will be announced at the Annual Scientific Meeting.


August 15, 2014

Application material should be submitted in a .pdf in the order listed.
Pages should be numbered and submitted in page order as one file

  • Applicants contact information
    (Name, Address, Phone Number, email)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A proposed research plan
  • Active and pending research support
  • A budget
  • A starement of career goals
  • Two Letters of recommendation
  • Letter from applicant

send the file to

ASC Foundation
100 West 10th Street, Suite 605
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
(302) 543-6583
[email protected]