Annual Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grants

Funding Agency:
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

This program’s objective is to stimulate and fund studies that will clearly improve patient safety and lead to prevention of mortality and morbidity resulting from anesthesia mishaps. Potential areas of research include a wide variety of safety patient topics.

Letter of Intent due: February 15, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Eligibility Requirements

Awards are made to a sponsoring institution, not to individuals or departments.  Any qualified member of a sponsoring institution (hospital, university, clinic, etc) in the United Sates or Canada may apply.  Only one person may be listed as the principal investigator and all other co-investigators, collaborators and consultants must be listed.  Applications will not be accepted from a principal investigator currently funded by the APSF. While there is no limit to the number of applications that may be submitted per individual or institution, APSF will award funding to no more than one proposal per PI in a given funding cycle.  Submissions of previously unfunded applications are allowed but must address the reviewer’s comments and how the re-application differs.



Amount Description

Maximum award of $150,000. The maximum indirect cost rate is 15% of total direct costs and must be included in the total $150,000 maximum award.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees


Ankeet D. Udani, MD
Duke University
Grant Title: A comparison of two learining theories on emergency manual use: Classroom based experiential learning  versus electronic-based self-directed learning
$75,000 for each year of two year grant
APSF Safety Scientist Career Development Award (July 2016-June 2018)


Karthik Raghunathan, MD, MPH
Duke University Medical Center
Grant Title:  Comparative Safety of Different Types of IV Fluids for Resuscitation in the OR and ICU:  An Applied Pharmacologic Approach
APSF/ASA Endowed Research Award


Noa Segall, PhD
Duke University Medical Center
Grant Title:  Forgetting to Remember: Prospective Memory Error as an Unexplored Patient Safety Issue
APSF/ASA President's Research Award
The Doctors Company Foundation Ann S. Lofsky, MD Research Award


Ashraf S. Habib, MB, BCh
Duke University Medical Center
Grant Title:  Computerized Surveillance of Opioid-Related Adverse Drug Events in the Postoperative Period
APSF/Covidien Research Award*


Junior Faculty


Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

February 15, 2024