APIC Graduate Student Award


Term of award: one year (January – December 2018)
Number of awards: 1
Due date: Monday, October 30, 2017

The primary goals of the APIC Graduate Student Award (AGSA) are to:

  • Provide awards to students who are seeking to complete their master's or doctoral degree;
  • Expand evidence-based science in the implementation of infection prevention and control programs in healthcare settings to improve patient outcomes; and
  • Demonstrate APIC’s commitment to promoting a research agenda.


APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. Our mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost. APIC Strategic Plan 2020 outlines five key areas in which APIC can make significant contributions: patient safety; implementation science; infection preventionist competencies and certification; advocacy; and data standardization.

The AGSA will support research that advances infection prevention and evidence-based implementation science. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, implementation science is defined as research that creates new knowledge about how best to design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives. The most competitive applications will focus on implementation science, demonstrating its value and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.

Applicants are encouraged to submit innovative proposals that are achievable within the allotted award funding, time frame, and their known support resources. APIC will not provide direct technical, scientific, or data support services as part of the award.

Project costs must be used in direct support of the project. All direct research costs (including statistician, computer software, research supplies, etc.) are permitted; this proposal does not support indirect costs.

Consistent with the indicators of success for implementation science included in APIC Strategic Plan 2020, it is expected that the recipient of the AGSA will present the results of their findings at the APIC Annual Conference and/or prepare a manuscript for submission to the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), with guidance from the APIC Research Committee.

APIC’s Research Committee will provide oversight of the application, review, selection, and implementation process for the award.

Application Requirements

The award will provide a total of $5,000 for project costs.

Project costs must be used in direct support of the project. All direct research costs (including statistician, computer software, research supplies, etc.) are permitted; this proposal does not support indirect costs.

50% funding will be paid at the time the award is decided, 40% upon the successful completion of thesis or dissertation defense presentation (as confirmed by the graduate program institution), and 10% when the research is presented at the next APIC national conference (either as part of the formal education program or to the Research Committee) or published in AJIC.

Additional APIC support for expenses related to attending the APIC Annual Conference may be provided.


  • Applicants must be current members of APIC and maintain APIC membership throughout the grant period; if you are not yet a member but would like to submit a proposal for this award, please go here https://apic.org/Member-Services/Join to join as a member.
  • Applicants must be graduate students at an accredited educational institution.
  • Applicants must be at the stage of writing their thesis/dissertation, with completion of thesis/dissertation and graduation anticipated within the grant year.
  • An online application must be completed with a copy of the approved thesis or dissertation proposal by college or university committee, including confirmed date of completion, and verification of current enrollment. Application includes a letter of support from Department Chair, faculty advisor, faculty mentor, or member of review committee.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from institutions that are tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Members of the APIC Research Committee, current APIC directors, or APIC staff members are not eligible to apply. Family members of individuals serving in one of these capacities are not eligible to apply without prior written permission.

Selection Criteria

  1. Strength of proposal in advancing implementation science and research in implementation science.
  2. Consideration given to proposals on infection prevention efforts across clinical disciplines.
  3. Nature of collaborative process to be used to support the project; strength of letter of support.
  4. Strength of proposed methodology.
  5. Applicant’s qualifications and experience as relevant to completing the proposed study, including any deliverables, within the specified time.
  6. Alignment with APIC research priorities