Research and Innovation Grant

Annually, the Scientific Affairs and Clinical Practice (SACP) Committee award Research and Innovation Grants.

The grants are open to all full Members. Applications opened in June 2023 and closed at noon on Friday 11 August 2023, to be considered during the September 2023 meeting of the SACP Committee.

if you have any enquiries at this stage please contact us.

Funding is secured annually and information on funding limits can be seen in the guidelines below.

The SACP Committee encourages applications that promote the Association's strategic plan, centring on Innovation, Environment and Inclusion.

Below you can find this year's grant guidelines.
Please note we cannot guarantee the same guidelines will apply for the next funding round.

Thank you to all who applied for the Research and Innovation grant in 2023!


Please see the below guidelines for more details. You can also send any further questions to the Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs, David Gaze, at [email protected].

1. Document Control

The ACB Research and Innovation Grant (formerly known as the ACB Scientific Scholarships) was inaugurated in 2021. 

Document description: Guidelines for requesting a Research and Innovation Grant
Document created: 13th June 2022
Revised: 9th June 2023
Next revision due: May 2024 (in preparation of the 2024 round)

2. Purpose of grants

  1. The purpose of the grant is to support high-quality, original, ethical research and innovation in laboratory medicine.
  2. Any fee paying Member of the Association may apply.
  3. Grants will most likely be awarded to projects with the greatest potential for positive impact on patient outcomes.
  4. The committee also wishes to recognise and support projects where there is a high likelihood that there will be high-quality publication or publications to underpin the generalisability of results and make the benefits of the research available to a wider population of patients.
  5. The committee will also look favourably on research that encourages collaboration between the public and the private sector. Collaboration between the aforementioned disciplines is particularly encouraged.
  6. The committee encourages applications that promote the ACB's strategy, centring on Innovation, Environment and Inclusion.

3. Eligibility

  1. Eligibility is restricted to fee paying Members of the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine.
  2. Non-members of the Association may not apply.
  3. Applications from Members with unpaid membership fees at the time of application for consideration by the Scientific Affairs and Clinical Practice Committee will be rejected without further consideration.

4. Amount of support available

  1. Funds of up to £20,000 are currently available and with a top limit of £8,000 that can be requested per application. It is anticipated that 3 to 5 projects will receive a grant. The final number of projects supported is dependent on the amount of support requested and is the responsibility of the Scientific Affairs and Clinical Practice Committee.
  2. Grants must be claimed within 12 calendar months of the date on the letter from the ACB team confirming the award offer.
  3. The decision of the Scientific Affairs and Clinical Practice Committee is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

5. Approved uses for financial support

  1. Support may be used for necessary equipment, reagents, calibrators, controls and consumables.
  2. Support is not available for salaries or staffing or labour costs.
  3. Support is not available for travel, accommodation or subsistence costs. However, a separate application to the C P Stewart Memorial Fund would be considered for this purpose, if required to aid the project.
  4. Support is not available for kit/ test validation or verification. The scope of this grant is original research.

6. Criteria against which applications will be judged

Surviving applications will be judged primarily according to the following criteria:

1. Does the study address an important clinical problem relating to clinical biochemistry, immunology or microbiology (Weighting 10%)

2. Are the aims clear? (Weighting 5%)

3. Are the aims realistic? (Weighting 5%)

4. Is the methodology capable of answering the questions posed? (Total weighting 50% as outlined below)

This is the most important section and must clearly state how the project will answer the questions posed. You may wish to consider where appropriate:

i. Statistical Methods (Weighting 10%)
ii. Clinical Material (Weighting 15%)
iii. Technical/ Study Design (Weighting 20%)
iv. Does the group have significant experience and expertise in the proposed area of research? (Weighting 5%)

5. Are there other compelling reasons why the study should/ should not be supported? Does the study uphold the values of the ACB? (Weighting 15%)

6. Have the applicants clearly stated the likely impact of their study on patient outcomes and/ or patient experience (Weighting 15%)

7. Timelines

  1. Applications open in June and close at noon on 11 August 2023. The Grant Research Details Forms are then sent, anonymously, for consideration by all members of the ACB Scientific Affairs & Clinical Practice Committee in August/September 2023.
  2. The aim is to inform applicants of the funding outcome by 29 September 2023.

8. Acknowledgement

  1. Successful applicants are required to acknowledge ACB funding in any spoken or written presentation and may be invited to present their data at ACB National Meetings. Specifically, any publications should contain the following statement: “This work was supported by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine Research and Innovation Grants, under grant number xxxxx."
  2. Applicant should inform the SACP Committee on progress of the work, with a formal update at 6 months and at completion.
  3. Applicants should be prepared to work with the ACB on the promotion and publication of findings.


Application form

From 2021 onwards, applications are assessed by the Scientific Affairs & Clinical Practice Committee blinded to the applicant's personal and work details.

Thus, the application process is split into two sections:

  • The Research and Innovation Grant application form (submit the online form below)
  • The Research Details Form (upload the .docx document to the relevant section of the online form)

Please download and fill in the Research Details Form below, before uploading it to the online application form. Leave out any names or identifiable information in the Research Details Form, as the assessment is anonymised.

Guidelines for applicants can be found beneath the online application form below.

If you experience any technical issues submitting this online form, please contact Membership Manager Mike Lester at [email protected], who can check your application has been received as intended.

Download the Research and Innovation Grant - Research Details form