RCPA Foundation Grants and Awards

Available grants and awards for 2022

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 and attachments are to be submitted as a single PDF file 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 2022 Value up to
Mike and Carole Ralston Travelling Fellowship Award $35,000 AUD
RCPAQAP Research Grant (up to 3 grants may be awarded) $30,000 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
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




For RCPA Foundation Grant and Awards enquiries, please contact foundation@rcpa.edu.au
Eve Propper evep@rcpa.edu.au 02 8356 5806
Rachel Johnson rachelj@rcpa.edu.au 02 8356 5852


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

RCPA Foundation Mike & Carole Ralston Travelling Fellowship Award: $35K

  1. Mr Dale Wright (Genetic Faculty Fellow)
    Project: Next Generation Sequencing of Immunoglobulin (Ig) and T-cell receptor (TCR) loci for detection of minimal residual disease (MRD) in paediatric ALL.

RCPA Foundation RCPA Quality Assurance Programs Research Grant $30K

  1. Dr Clare Gould (Haematology Fellow)
    Project: Co-ordination of a multi-sample exchange program for molecular haematology testing in Australia.
  2. Prof David Ma (Haematology Fellow) 
    Project: Development of a RCPA external quality assurance program for enumeration of viable CD34+ cells using cryopreserved HPC samples transported on dry ice.
  3. Dr Kay Weng Choy (Chemical Fellow)
    Project: Development of Quality Assurance Program for Helicobacter pylori 14C Urea Breath Test.

RCPA Foundation Kanematsu Research Award $25K

  1. Dr Jessica Maclean 
    Project: Novel approaches to enhance the thrombolytic potential of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) therapy in stroke.

RCPA Foundation Postgraduate Research Fellowship Award $25K

  1. Dr Jing Jing Li (Anatomical Fellow)
    Project: The genomics, epigenomics and clinicopathological characteristics of non-small cell lung cancer.
  2. Dr Yin Yuan (Haematology Trainee)
    Project: Dissecting resistance mechanisms in AML- paving the way to patient-tailored therapy.
  3. Dr Min Li Huang (Anatomical Fellow)
    Improving prognostication of non-small cell lung cancers through the analysis of tumor mutational burden via next generation sequencing and its correlation with clinicopathological features.

RCPA Foundation Melody Caramins Trainee and Early Career Genetic Pathology Grant $25K

  1. Dr Lauren Akesson (Genetic Pathology Trainee)
    Project: Rapid confirmation of high-risk non-invasive prenatal genetic screening results using optical genome mapping.

RCPA Foundation Research Grant in Aid $10K

  1. Dr Max Kernich (Microbiology Trainee)
    Project: Direct Whole-Genome-Sequencing (WGS) of cytomegalovirus (CMV) in clinical samples for detection of antiviral resistance mutations.
  2. Dr Amanda Ireland (Anatomical Fellow)
    Project: Histological and immunohistochemical features that predict response to immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) in melanoma.

RCPA Foundation Bev Rowbotham Pathology Leaders Award

  1. Dr Theresa Ly (Anatomical Fellow)


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