Incentive Grants

About the Program

Inaugurated in 1993, the Incentive Grants for Practitioner Innovation in Pharmaceutical Care is the APhA Foundation’s longest running program. Grants totaling more than $500,000 have facilitated the development of over 500 pharmacy-based projects, improving the health outcomes of thousands of patients across the country.

Incentive grants offer pharmacists, students, and community pharmacy residents seed money to implement or support an existing innovative patient care service within their pharmacy practice. The program has provided around twenty grants annually since its inception. We have been able to provide this support due in part to the Community Pharmacy Foundation. The Foundation thanks them for their efforts and you may find more information about the Community Pharmacy Foundation below.

The Incentive Grants have been a starting point for many pharmacists, residents, and students for active involvement and leadership within APhA, the Foundation, and in practice. Just as important, awarding an incentive grant encourages practitioners to foster new ideas and allows them to “lead by example.” 

Aligned with the Foundation’s focus on designing and evaluating new practice models for pharmacy, the core requirement of the Incentive Grants program is a focus on innovation. The Foundation has funded projects in past years that address a variety of meaningful patient care services and will continue to accept proposals for any type of ambulatory pharmacy-based innovation.

Incentive grants are awarded annually on a calendar year. Grant recipients will be required to submit an interim report, a final project report, a final project expense report, and a short video summary of their project.

Instructions on how to apply and a timeline for all Incentive Grant projects can be found further down this page.

Partnership with the Community Pharmacy Foundation

The Community Pharmacy Foundation has generously provided matching grant support to fund the APhA Foundation Incentive Grants program since 2004. The Community Pharmacy Foundation supports research and demonstration projects that highlight new and emerging innovations in patient care related to community pharmacy practice.

Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Award

The Daniel A. Herbert Incentive Grant Award is awarded annually to a community pharmacy resident or recent pharmacy graduate who is working to expand pharmacy services for which pharmacists are compensated.

Program Overview

How to Apply

The 2017 Incentive Grants application cycle is now open. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Please follow the link with your specific designation for more information and to apply for available Incentive Grants:

Residents Practitioners Student Pharmacists



Grant Requirements

  • Applicants must be active members of APhA, currently licensed, and actively engaged in ambulatory pharmacy practice.
  • Applicants for the Community Pharmacy Residents and their Preceptors grant must be residents in a Community Pharmacy practice setting.
  • For the APhA-ASP Immunization Awards, only current APhA-ASP chapters in good standing are eligible to apply.
  • All recipients are responsible for submitting a brief interim report, a final project report, a final expense report, and a short video summary of the project to the APhA Foundation.


  • July/August – Begin application
  • September 11, 2016 – Application deadline at 11:59PM PST
  • October – Review of applications and notification of all grant applicants
  • November/December – Upon receipt of the Acceptance Agreement and W9 forms, recipients will receive grant funding
  • March – Resident interim reports due March 30, 2017
  • June – Non-resident interim reports and resident final reports due June 30, 2017
  • December – Non-resident final reports due December 15, 2017

Use of Grant Funds

Full payments will be made upon receipt of the completed Grant Acceptance/Agreement forms. Grant funds may be used only for direct costs associated with the development and implementation of the project described in the application. Expenditures for indirect costs (overhead) will not be funded. Salaries for recipients will not be allowed; however, consultant fees, fees for research/technician services and expenses for administrative services may be allowed if submitted in the proposed budget to the APhA Foundation.

Final expense reports must be submitted once the project has ended. Reports shall include funding descriptions, vendors, dates of issue and any other relevant information.

Application Procedure

The application process requires a completed application form and project proposal. Project proposals should not exceed seven typewritten pages (any submission greater than 7 pages will be truncated) and should contain the following: 

  • Title and general project description;
  • Objectives and evaluation strategy to determine if objectives are met;
  • Project methods;
  • Timetable for implementation and completion of project; and,
  • Budget discussion that includes total costs and justification of adequate resources to conduct the project.

Review Procedures

Upon receipt, APhA Foundation staff will review submitted applications for completeness. Eligible applications will be reviewed and ranked by a grant selection committee established for this program.

Review criteria:

  • Significance of the project to ambulatory pharmacy
  • Clarity of project objectives
  • Project design
  • Adequacy of the resources available to complete the project
  • Evaluation strategy to determine value of the project
  • Reasonableness of the budget
  • Probability of completing the project

Interested in helping select our grant recipients? Volunteer on our Incentive Grant Review Committee.

Please contact Drew Register, Executive Resident at or (202) 429-7503 with any questions.


Past Incentive Grant Recipients

2016 Incentive Grant recipients

2015 Incentive Grant recipients

2014 Incentive Grant recipients

2013 Incentive Grant recipients


Report Submission (for 2015-2016 Incentive Grant Recipients)

Interim Report - due March 30, 2016 for residents and June 30, 2016 for non-residents
Final Report - due June 30, 2016 for residents and December 15, 2016 for non-residents