RCPA Foundation Grants and Awards


Available grants and awards for 2021

Applications open annually 1 February.

The closing date for all RCPA Foundation grant and award applications is AEST 5.00pm June 30 each year.

Application Form

Completed Application Forms are to be submitted to foundation@rcpa.edu.au

The following grants and awards are offered by the RCPA Foundation to foster research in the College:

Available Grants and awards FOR 2021 Value up to
Mike and Carole Ralston Travelling Fellowship Award $35,000 AUD
Kanematsu Research Award $25,000 AUD
Melody Caramins Trainee and Early Career Genetic Pathology $25,000 AUD
Postgraduate Research Fellowship (up to 3 grants may be awarded) $25,000 AUD
RCPAQAP Research Grant (up to 3 grants may be awarded) $30,000 AUD
Research Grant-in-Aid (up to 2 grants may be awarded) $10,000 AUD
Pathology Education Outreach Fellowship $10,000 AUD
Bev Rowbotham Pathology Leaders Award $8,000 AUD
Roger Crouch Award for Ophthalmic Pathology Publication $1,000 AUD

*Call for donations for the Pathology Education Outreach Fellowship.
Please donate via https://www.rcpa.edu.au/RCPA-Foundation/How-To-Donate


Grant and Award Terms of Reference

Created in March 2013 this award has been made available through the direct generosity of College Fellow Mike Ralston RCPA(Hon), FFSc, and his wife Carole. Available annually and open to all Fellows, Faculty Fellows and Trainees, it will assist in gaining international experience in the frontiers of genomic medicine and thereby enhance the further development of genetic healthcare in Australasia.

The Kanematsu Research Award is made annually by the Kanematsu Fund in memory of its founder Fusajiro Kanematsu and his wife Sen. The award is made for a single medical research project in the area of haematological disorders.

Established in March 2021 in loving memory of the late Melody Caramins an outstanding geneticist and active participant and leader in many College activities. This grant has been made possible with the financial support of Healius. This grant will assist Genetic Trainees and early career Genetic Pathology Fellows to access opportunities to broaden their experiences and knowledge in the discipline.

The RCPA Foundation Postgraduate Research Fellowship has been established by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in order to foster research and promote academic excellence in the science of pathology. It may be awarded to a Trainee or Fellow enrolled in a course of study and supervised research leading to the award of a degree at doctorate level in any of the disciplines of pathology.

The RCPA Foundation RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Research Grant has been established with the Support from the RCPA QAP to support Fellows and Trainees undertaking a research project involving the development and interpretation of Quality Assurance Programs.

Designed to encourage and support research projects which enhance the professional skills of the applicant. It is available for Trainees of the College or Fellows of the College or its Faculties of less than seven years standing. Expenses may cover staff, equipment and consumables for research projects which help develop new procedures and or provide direct patient benefits.

(Previously called the RCPA Foundation Developing Communities Fellowship)

To assist College Fellows and Trainees in advancing and promoting Pathology education and training and local capacity building in the South Pacific and South-East Asia region. Funding of the Fellowship has been made possible through voluntary donations from Fellows and Trainees.
Please complete the relevant sections of the application form.

To assist Fellows and Trainees in advancing their skills in leadership and management.

An innovative annual grant administered by the RCPA Foundation aimed at Trainees to encourage research and publication in the area of ophthalmic pathology.

Please complete the relevant sections of the application below.


Please email foundation@rcpa.edu.au any citations which have been published as a result of projects funded by the RCPA Foundation Grants and Awards.

The official wording to acknowledge the RCPA Foundation for grant funding is:

'Dr (name) is a recipient of the (award name)(year) from the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Foundation'

Eg. Dr Jane Smith is a recipient of the Mike and Carole Ralston Travelling Fellowship 2016 from the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Foundation'


Establishing New Grants and Awards

Grant and Award Winners 2020

The Chair and RCPA Foundation Board would like to congratulate the following recipients:

RCPA Foundation Mike & Carole Ralston Travelling Fellowship Award: $35K
  1. Dr Imogen Caldwell (Haematology Trainee : Auckland , New Zealand)
    Project: The genomic assessment of Lymphoma of CART Cells constructs using Cf DNA

RCPA Foundation Postgraduate Research Fellowship $25K
  1. Dr Robert Rawson (Anatomical Pathology Fellow : Sydney, NSW)
    Project: Improving melanoma patient outcomes by enhancing pathological assessment of primary and metastatic melanoma.

  2. Dr Pei Dai (Immunopathology Trainee : Sydney, NSW)
    Project: Novel Gene Discovery in Primary Immunodeficiency.

  3. Dr Adrian Minson (Haematology Fellow : Melbourne, Victoria)
    Project: Real-world CAR T cell kinetics in an Australian centre and the impact of subsequent therapies after CAR T Failure.

RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Research Grant $25K
  1. Dr Cameron Snell (Anatomical Pathology Fellow: Brisbane, QLD)
    Project: Development of a HER2 BRISH Breast Diagnostic QAP for diagnostic digital pathology algorithms.

  2. Prof Soren Blau (Faculty of Science Fellow: Melbourne, Victoria)
    Project: Missing persons- missing data? A quality review of forensic medical and scientific data entry Person and Victim System (NMPVS) database.

  3. Dr Chanika Ariyawansa (Chemical Pathology Trainee: Perth , WA)
    Project: Characterising variation in macroprolactin testing, evaluating alternative methods and harmonisation strategies and developing and external quality control material/program.

RCPA Foundation Research Grant in Aid $10K
  1. Dr Jonathan Clark (Anatomical Pathology Fellow: Melbourne, Victoria)
    Project: Can the validation and optimisation of lung cancer cytology smears for genetic testing reduce NGS failure rates?

  2. Dr Adam Stewart (Microbiology Trainee: Brisbane, Queensland)
    Project: Assessing in vitro activity of oral third generation cephalosporin / beta-lactamase inhibitor combinations against extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing uropathogens

RCPA Foundation Pathology Education Outreach Fellowship $10K
  1. Dr Matthew Wright (Haematology Fellow: Perth, WA)
    Project: The blood film online and deploying an online educational video series designed to teach blood film interpretation to pathologists in Indonesia

Bev Rowbotham Leaders Award
  1. Dr Rebecca Davis (Microbiology Fellow: Sydney, NSW)


For RCPA Foundation Grant and Awards enquiries, please contact foundation@rcpa.edu.au or call Eve Propper on 02 8356 5806

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