Is there a template for the scholarship applications?
Yes. On our website, when you click on the buttons “Apply for a Merit-based Scholarship” or “Apply for a Diversity Scholarship,” you will be taken to an online portal where you may input your profile information and project description in specific sections within a specific word count. You will be prompted to “upload a document” of 3-5 pages in length.
What topics will be considered by the Foundation?
The NACDS Foundation looks for projects designed to improve patient outcomes and advance public health, with an emphasis on innovation. Please see our “Apply for Funding” page for some examples.
Are there any topic areas applicants should avoid?
The Foundation’s mission is to advance public health and improve patient outcomes, therefore, the Foundation is not seeking applications that advance business interests. This means projects focused on profitability or efficiencies for community pharmacists or pharmacies will not be considered. The Foundation also will not consider projects that fail to involve substantial student engagement.
Can applications focused on medication therapy management and medication adherence be submitted?
The NACDS Foundation seeks to fund forward-thinking and innovative project concepts which may further advance and build upon foundational patient care services. Hence, while MTM provides a valuable experience for pharmacists to better care for patients and address drug therapy problems whereby improving patient care, this is not a high priority for the Foundation’s scholarship program.
Is there a budget template?
Yes. Please use the application budget template provided “Apply for Funding” page.
We see that you will consider budgets as high as $30,000 in Merit-based applications. Under what circumstances would you consider this higher amount?
The scholarship award will be for no more than $20,000. Applicants should plan on requesting and receiving no more than that amount. However, your budget may go as high as $30,000 if your organization plans on contributing matching funds. If the matching funds exceed $10,000, we would want to understand the project better to see where our funds were actually needed.
When identifying how the scholarship funds will be applied, are there any funding areas that are off-limits?
The NACDS Foundation requires all funding to be directed toward project activities that benefit students and patients. We do not provide funding for:
- General operating funds for the applicant.
- The rental of space to conduct project activities.
- Indirect costs over 15%.
- Honorariums for faculty presentations.
- Projects primarily focused on advertising and awareness campaigns.
If my project description violates a rule and is disqualified, will I be notified?
Unfortunately, we cannot consult with each applicant. However, if the NACDS Foundation Scholarship reviewers determine that an application deserves to be in the final round of consideration yet has a minor flaw that can easily be corrected, we may, at our discretion, reach out to the applicant and request a modification to the application prior to the final selection of awardees.
Can I submit the same project proposal to both the Diversity and Merit-based categories?
No. Applicants must choose one category. You may not submit the same project for both.
What kind of reporting is required if my organization is awarded funding?
This year, the Foundation is implementing a new system whereby winning schools are required to report two times a year until the completion of their program. Typically, this involves one report in mid-October and another in mid-April. We ask applicants to design valuable and sustainable projects that are to be completed within a year. However, if you need more time, we require the reporting to continue every six months until completion. The template for the reporting form can be found on the “Apply for Funding” page.
Can a school win two years in a row?
Yes. Each year, the projects are considered on their merit, independent of prior applications.
Can a previously submitted program proposal be considered for future awards?
Past applications which did not receive an award are eligible for resubmission, however, the faculty member submitting the application should seriously evaluate the project based on the elements of scope, relevance, feasibility, and innovation. Historically, proposals resubmitted for review have received awards when substantial program updates were made to more competitively address the scoring criteria.
If my school is awarded a Diversity scholarship, could it also win a Merit-based scholarship?
Theoretically, yes. Though we have never had this situation, schools are encouraged to submit separate and distinct applications through each application portal. Since the applications are reviewed independently, it is possible for one institution to win each award.
What if my project is already underway? Must the project be brand new, or will you consider supporting an existing program?
Existing programs will be considered, provided the applicant is requesting funds to expand it in a new or innovative way. We realize that with the funding we are awarding, it can be challenging to start a new program from scratch. For that reason, we welcome project origination as well as project expansion. This is especially true in the Diversity category, where institutions with an existing program are strongly encouraged to apply.
What if I have questions? Can I run my project description by someone at the Foundation to see if there is interest?
In fairness to all applicants, the Foundation cannot field questions from individuals seeking guidance on the application process. What we tell one candidate, we must tell everyone. For that reason, we direct applicants to the website/FAQs, to our press releases from prior events which describe award-winning projects.
My school is in the final stages of accreditation. Can we apply for an NACDS Foundation Scholarship Award?
Unfortunately, no. The Dean of your institution will be invited and is encouraged to attend the program. However, your school may not apply for NACDS Foundation funding until full accreditation is awarded by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Who should submit the application for the NACDS Foundation Scholarship application?
We require the application to be submitted by the Dean of your institution, or on behalf of your Dean. Students may not submit on behalf of the applicant institution. Student involvement is permitted, but a senior faculty staff member must lead the application process.
Can the application describe a student-led initiative?
While student participation is an integral component of an award-winning application, the initiative should be foundationally supported through strong academic faculty leadership.
If we miss the deadline for submission, can an exception be made?
In fairness to all applicants, the Foundation cannot accept applications after the deadline. There are no exceptions made for late submissions. The application portal will be inaccessible at midnight EST on the last day of the application period.