Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities and Their Effects on the Health of Children


  • To foster research within the SPP by providing funds to investigators who study the effects of racial and socioeconomic disparities on the health of children, in an effort to better understand these inequities and strive to improve the health of all children by addressing them.
  • To fund a pilot project which will lead to long-term research support from other granting agencies.

Use of Funds:
The funds are to be used to facilitate basic or applied scientific research that focuses on how racial and or socioeconomic disparities affect the health of children. Diseases studied can included, but are not limited to infectious, neoplastic, biochemical, behavioral, physiological, and genetic diseases. The research must include some examination of pathologic variables; either laboratory or anatomic characteristics and the principal investigator must in the field of pediatric pathology. Collaborators in other disciplines are encouraged. Appropriate expenditures include capital equipment, reagents and supplies, research-related travel, salary supplementation, service costs (e.g., electron microscopy, histology), and animal care costs. Indirect costs are not allowed.


Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • hold the degree of MD, PhD, DDS, DVM, or DO;
  • be a resident or fellow, full-time, in an accredited pathology training program, OR be a post-doctoral fellow working in the laboratory of a faculty/staff person in pediatric pathology, OR be a faculty/staff person in pediatric pathology practicing at any academic rank
  • be a member of the SPP OR be sponsored by a member of the SPP.

Amount of Award:

A single award of $25,000 will determined in the Spring 2021.

Selection Process:

Complete applications must be received by the Research Committee Chair no later than Friday, February 12, 2021. The SPP Research Committee will review all applications and announce the award at the Spring SPP Meeting. Consideration will be given to scientific merit and the background and career goals of the applicant. The award will be funded July 1, 2021.

Application Instructions:

All portions of the application must be completed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Although Institutional Review Board (for human studies) or Animal Care Committee (for animal studies) approval will be required before the award is funded, such approval can be deferred until after an initial funding decision has been made.

A complete application includes ALL of the following:

  • Cover Sheet (Please click to download: WORD versionPDF version)
  • Research Proposal (limited to 5 pages, excluding references), to include:
    • Specific aims
    • Background and significance
    • Preliminary data, if available (not required)
    • Research design and methods
  • Itemized budget (limited to 1 page)
  • Applicant's biosketch (NIH format)
  • Personal Statement (limited to 1 page) - The applicant should indicate how the proposed research project fits with his/her personal career goals
  • Sponsor's letter of support (if applicant is not an SPP member)
  • Letter of support from Chairperson or appropriate institutional representative which should indicate that adequate resources are available at the applicant's institution to support the proposed project and the salary support that will be provided for the applicant.

Please submit all components of the application electronically as a single PDF file to [email protected]. No hard copy submission is necessary.
Jeff Terry MD PhD FRCPC
Pediatric and Perinatal Pathologist
Division Head, Anatomical Pathology
[email protected]
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.