There is no limit on subject matter within the Mission Statement of CPF. Please visit the What We Fund page for details and guidance on what CPF funds and what CPF does not typically fund. The What We Fund page is guided by CPF's annual strategic planning and is updated accordingly.
An applicant can be involved in more than one CPF grant simultaneously, either as the primary applicant or as a team member. Applications may be submitted and reviewed during any scheduled board meeting if the proposed content is innovative, financially sustainable, replicable and transferable.
Most grant submissions are for a 12-month period. Grants for periods of 18- and 24-months have also been awarded but are less common. If a multi-year idea is envisioned, CPF recommends identifying shorter timeframe components and submitting for sequential grant funding. The longitudinal nature of the grant concept can be explained in the grant application and proposal and also discussed in advance with the grants administrator.
CPF does not place restrictions nor guidance on the size of the grant funding. However, to date, the average has been approximately $40,000. Substantial or 'Big Idea' grants have also been awarded and they are usually at the state or national level often involving a high degree of collaboration and partners. These grants are typically discussed in advance of application submission with CPF staff.
Indirect costs are those related to using a university or organization's facilities and administrative support that cannot be claimed as direct costs. CPF does fund budget proposals that include indirect costs.
CPF does not typically fund capital expenditures (building or opening a business), equipment expenses, software or website development for programs already existing, or startup of a system expected to operate on a for-profit basis.
The CPF grant life cycle is a flow diagram of the steps involved with the entire process of CPF grant funding. The grant life cycle covers the applicant and grantor actions during the pre-award phase (two-step application process), award phase and post-award phase. View the Grant Life Cycle page for more details.
A grant application is part of the two-step, pre-award phase and is submitted through an on-line form. Applications summarize the topic idea a potential grantee would like to study or explore and offers the opportunity for the board to respond to the concept with limited time and resources expended by the applicant.
The application is the first step in the CPF two-step funding process and includes a summary of the title, objectives, budget, and demographic information. Applications can be submitted anytime after an individual registers and creates a MyCPF account. Once an application is started, the information can be saved and submitted at a later date. Submitted application forms are distributed to board members and staff to be considered at the next scheduled board meeting. Monitor the home page or CPF events for the next submission deadline.
A grant proposal is part of the two-step, pre-award phase. The grant proposal is a standardized template an applicant receives by email following approval of the grant application.
The proposal is the second step in the CPF two-step funding process and describes in greater detail the title, background, capacity, readiness and operations, goals, methods, dissemination plan, timeline, budget, and, CPF criteria items. Grant proposals have a different submission timeline than grant applications. The grant proposal submission date is communicated directly to the applicant and is generally due one month prior to the next CPF board meeting.
Community pharmacy residents are pharmacists who receive post-graduate advanced training working with cutting-edge pharmacists in the community pharmacy setting. Please see the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) resource for more information.
Unfortunately, the CPF grant cycle does not fit the residency program schedule. To accommodate residency timelines and support highly motivated new practitioners, CPF has a long-standing partnership with the APhA Foundation to award and administer Incentive Grants for community pharmacy residents.
Accordingly, grant applications submitted by a community pharmacy resident will not be approved. However, community pharmacy residents are encouraged to submit a grant application upon completion of their residency to continue and/or expand the project which was initiated during their residency or to propose an idea related to their new practice site if it meets the CPF innovation, financially sustainable, replicable and transferable criteria.