Guidelines and Grant Process

Funding Priorities
  • Ensuring an adequate, post-pandemic blood supply.

  • Research on novel approaches to the recruitment of blood donors.

  • Promoting medical laboratory science/transfusion medicine education in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • The role of blood centers in the battle against COVID-19.

  • Providing insight into the changing blood banking landscape.

  • Innovations in transfusion safety and patient blood management.

  • Better understanding of the blood banking/transfusion medicine supply chain and economics underpinning the blood industry.

  • Promoting understanding and inclusion of cellular therapies in blood banking.

CTF will not consider:
  • Unrestricted grants

  • Grants for operational expenses

  • Grants for general fundraising

  • Grants for building or renovation projects

  • Grants to support political campaigns or lobbying efforts

  • Grants that do not support the Foundation’s mission

  • Grants to promote religious doctrine or tenets

  • Grants for organization startup or seed funding

  • Flat percentage cost add-ons (e.g. F&A)

  • Grants for projects where the Grantee is unwilling to openly share results

  • Grants for capital equipment outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Other important information:

  • Generally speaking, CTF awards grants only to 501c3 organizations.  However, under very special circumstances, CTF may award grants to organizations and/or individuals that are not 501c3.  These grants require Expenditure Responsibility and are awarded on a very limited basis.

  • CTF has received IRS approval to award scholarships to individuals enrolled in Medical Laboratory Science programs within the Commonwealth of Virginia.  CTF also offers a limited number of scholarships to the annual AABB conference.  Please contact CTF for information regarding scholarship opportunities.

  • CTF does not provide grants for capital equipment outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Important Dates

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grants Committee on an ongoing basis. Formal applications are considered twice a year in February and August and are by invitation only. We encourage applicants to submit LOIs a minimum of 60 days prior to the grant cyle deadline to ensure that your letter can be given consideration for that grant cycle.

If you submit an LOI later in the cycle, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a response in time to prepare and submit a formal application to be considered for that grant cycle.

Deadlines to submit a formal application (for invited applicants only) are December 20 and June 20 each year.

Submission Process

Please review Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation’s Guidelines and Grant Agreement prior to submitting an LOI.

Step One
Potential grantees submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through the CTF on-line grants management portal. LOIs will be reviewed by the Grant’s Committee and — at the Committee’s discretion — by an External Review Committee. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The invitation to submit and/or acceptance of a formal application should not be construed as a conference of a grant by the Foundation.

Step Two
Invited applicants will submit applications via the CTF on-line grants management portal. The Application will be reviewed by the Grant’s Committee and – at the Committee’s discretion — by an External Review Committee.  After this review, the Grants Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.  At the discretion of the Grant's Committee, the applicant may be required to attend the Board of Director's meeting  to present the Grant Application before it will be considered.  Applicants will be notified if and when this will be required.  

Step Three
Applicants are notified of the Board of Director's decision.  

Step Four
If the Grant is approved, Applicant and CTF will execute a Grants Agreement. Funds cannot be disbursed until this agreement is fully executed.

Step Five
Funds are disbursed in accordance with the terms of the Grants Agreement.

External Review Committee

Similar to a peer review journal, CTF uses a panel of transfusion experts from around the country to review grant applications at the Grant’s Committee’s discretion. The External Review Committee is comprised of a well-rounded group of professionals that are actively involved in transfusion medicine research, education, and practice. The External Review Committee provides feedback to the Grant’s Committee regarding Letters of Inquiry and Grant Applications; however, the final decision regarding approval or denial of an application lies with the CTF Grant’s Committee.

Grant applicants should not attempt to contact members of the External Review Committee regarding Letters of Inquiry or Applications. Contact with an External Reviewer may result in disqualification the LOI or application.