Grants and Awards

Grants & Award Programs Overview


Annual Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grants
IIR Grants are APSF’s primary grant program that supports research directed towards enhancing anesthesia patient safety. Potential areas of research include a wide variety of patient safety topics. Grants may be awarded up to $150,000 for a maximum period of 2 years. Grants are made out to the sponsoring institution.

See Application Instructions for eligibility and other details

LOI will be accepted electronically beginning: January 18, 2017  (
Letter of Intent due: February 12, 2018

Those invited to submit a full proposal will be notified: June 2018
Full proposals will be due: early August 2018
Awards announced: October 2018
Projects start: January 2019

Ellison C. “Jeep” Pierce Award
In honor of APSF founder, Ellison “Jeep” Pierce, and his commitment to anesthesia patient safety, this annual prize is awarded to the highest ranked IIR grant every year. This $5000 award goes to the institution under the name of the Principal Investigator and is for unrestricted use.

Safety Scientist Career Development Award (SSCDA)
SSCDA are training grants awarded every one to two years to develop the next generation of patient safety scientists. This award is for up to $75,000 per year for a period of 2 years ($150,000 total), and includes a career development component and a mentored research project. Grants are made out to the sponsoring institution.

Dates: TBA

Periodic Request for Proposals (RFPs)
RFPs will be announced periodically to cover specific research areas as directed by the Executive Committee (EC) of the APSF.  The amount of grant award and length of grant period also determined by the EC

Dates: TBA

Grants Contact: Steven K. Howard, MD (

Award Programs:

Ellison C. Pierce Patient Safety Award
This award is selected annually at the ASA Annual Meeting on October for the best abstract in patient safety.

Contact: Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA (

Quality Improvement Recognition Programs
APSF annually sponsors the Resident Quality Improvement (RQI) Program.  All US and Canadian Anesthesiology residency programs are invited to submit a 4-minute video showcasing their best quality improvement work.  The RQI committee reviews all submissions.  The winning and second place submissions are awarded $1,000 and $500, respectively.  Both videos are also showcased on the APSF website.

Dates: TBA

Contact: Brian Cammarata, MD (