Academicians: The majority of Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) grants involve college of pharmacy faculty working in collaboration with community pharmacists to design, implement, analyze, report, and often publish research. This collaboration allows for the strength of the academic process to balance the busy time constraints of community pharmacy practitioners. It also benefits each organization in that it establishes local, regional, or national relationships and often engages students and/or residents as part of the process.
Pharmacist Practitioners: Community Pharmacy practitioners are encouraged to submit a project or research idea that addresses an unmet need to advance the CPF Mission. Another avenue practitioners could consider is conducting a replication grant where a previously completed CPF grant is implemented in another community pharmacy practice thereby demonstrating the transferability or enhancement of CPF projects.
Residents: CPF proudly supports APhA Foundation Incentive Grants, which are a source of funding for resident projects that emphasize innovation in patient care. CPF's partnership with the APhA Foundation aligns resources and structures a submission and review process around residency timelines. CPF's two-step grant approval process can often take 5 to 8 months for review, approval, and agreement finalization, which exceeds the residency project implementation timeline. On the other hand, if residents feel that a project scope is larger than an Incentive Grant, they should consider applying for a CPF grant under their faculty/practitioner organization.
Students: CPF encourages students to connect with faculty who are conducting research in the area of community pharmacy, or to collaborate with recipients of CPF funded grants to support their research activities. Generally, CPF’s two-step grant approval process is not conducive to student schedules, but if a student has ideas that help to demonstrate new and emerging patient care innovations that are financially sustainable, transferable, and replicable in community pharmacy practice, he/she is encouraged to incorporate his ideas as part of a larger faculty research project, and have the faculty member complete the CPF grant application.
Students planning to complete a community pharmacy residency should monitor the APhA Foundation Incentive Grants program, as CPF collaborates with the APhA Foundation to award resident grants.
Others: A myriad of professionals, organizations, and/or groups that are interested in advancing community pharmacy have submitted novel research ideas and projects that align with CPF’s areas of strategic focus. The first step in CPF’s two-step grant approval process allows individuals to easily submit a brief online application for Board review at any of the four meetings per year.