The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Education and Research Fund administers the I. Dean Spradling Graduate Research Grant, designed to support graduate student Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science research. The grant is sponsored by Scott and Sumner Spradling in memory of  I. Dean Spradling, founder of Infolab, Inc..


Each winner is awarded up to $3,000 in support of their research investigation.


  • Student member or professional member of ASCLS.
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Graduate student at the time the research award is presented.
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Scientist or Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician accepted to or presently enrolled in an accredited Master of Science or Doctoral program in or related to Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science.
  • One graduate faculty reference on institutional letterhead must accompany this application and proposal. The faculty person must provide full contact information and evaluate the investigator’s ability to complete the project.


  • Educational tuition.
  • Stipends for investigators or assistants.
  • Manuscript preparation and publication costs.
  • Purchasing standard equipment and supplies customarily available in a clinical or research laboratory.
  • Travel
  • Indirect cost recovery. Funds are for direct support of the proposed investigation.


  • A written report regarding the status of your grant, detailing the outcomes, manuscripts/posters generated and expenditure of funds must be emailed to the email box by July 1 of the following year. This report is due regardless of whether you have completed the project by then. Awardees who do not submit a final report are ineligible for further awards.
  • Awardees seeking an extension or additional support for continuation of a previously supported project must submit a new application accompanied by a progress report. Up to two extensions may be granted.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at the ASCLS Annual Meeting and for publication in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Application deadline: April 1 – EXTENDED TO APRIL 15

Please complete and forward your application form with your research proposal and additional documentation by email addressed to the ASCLS Education and Research Fund email box.

Download the Grant Application (last updated February 2024)

Download the ASCLS Grant Application Coversheet (last updated February 2024)