Education and Research Fund Inc. 

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 $3000 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 provides full contact information and evaluates the investigator’s ability to complete the project.


  • Educational tuition.
  • Stipends for applicants and assistants.
  • Manuscript preparation and publication cost.
  • Purchasing standard equipment and supplies normally available in a clinical or research laboratory.
  • Travel to scientific meetings.
  • Indirect costs. 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 ASCLS Executive Vice President at 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: May 1

Please complete and forward your application form with your grant proposal and additional documentation by email to ASCLS Executive Vice President Jim Flanigan at Only electronic documents are accepted.

Download the award application

Download the ASCLS Award Application Coversheet