BPS Announces Call for Applications for Expanded 2023-2025 Research Grants

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announces applications for the 2023-2025 BPS Research Seed Grants are open and any pharmacist or investigator interested in conducting research related to the impact of BPS Board Certification is encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 11, 2023, with recipients announced in late 2023.


“BPS is pleased to announce the expansion of the Seed Grant opportunity to any interested pharmacist or researcher and an updated list of research areas this year. The body of literature describing the impact and value of pharmacist board certification is growing, and we hope the expansion of Seed Grant opportunities further accelerates research.” said Ellie LaNou, BPS Director of Professional Affairs.


Previously, the BPS Research Seed Grant was available to PGY2 residents interested in pursuing research into pharmacist board certification. The expansion of the grant program to include any pharmacist or investigator reflects the growing interest in research of pharmacist certification.


Please review application instructions here and submit materials through the following link: https://www.research.net/r/2023SeedGrantApplication. Beginning in 2023, the BPS Board of Directors has broadened eligibility to any pharmacist or investigator, expanded the funding period to 24 months, and widened the scope of research topics as described below.


Two funding opportunities of up to $5,000 each are available for research projects highlighting the impact of pharmacist board certification on:

  1. Patient outcomes (e.g., adherence, quality of life, patient satisfaction, health literacy);
  2. Healthcare systems (e.g., medication safety, drug-related problems, admissions/readmissions, emergency department visits, institutional credentialing and privileging);
  3. Interprofessional collaboration (e.g., recognition, perception, increased efficiency in providing care); and/or,
  4. Pharmacist employment, professional development, and/or wellbeing (e.g., job satisfaction, retention, career advancement).1

1 Zarowitz, B.J. and Haas, C.E. (2023), E“VALU”ating board certification in pharmacy. J Am Coll Clin Pharm, 6: 322-326. https://doi.org/10.1002/jac5.1736


For additional details, please visit https://www.bpsweb.org/bps-seed-grant. Questions should be directed to Ellie LaNou, BPS Director of Professional Affairs, at elanou@aphanet.org.


About the Board of Pharmacy Specialties

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). The mission of BPS is to improve patient care by positioning BPS Board-Certified Pharmacist Specialists as integral members of interprofessional healthcare teams, through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills for pharmacists in the United States and internationally. Board certification is a recognized credential for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels given the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. BPS currently recognizes more than 57,600 active pharmacist certifications across 14 specialties. 


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