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Empowering Patient Safety: An Insight into ICCBBA's Enterprise Grant

In 2024 each applicant can now request up to a maximum award of $50,000 USD, providing even greater support for impactful projects.  



Who is ICCBBA & What do They Do? 

ICCBBA is an international non-profit organization dedicated to managing and developing the ISBT 128 Standard, the international information standard for the terminology, coding, and labeling of Medical Products of Human Origin (MPHO) e.g. blood, cells, tissues, human milk, organs. The organization plays a critical role in enhancing patient safety through the development and maintenance of this standards, as well as allocating globally unique identifiers to registered facilities. Since its establishment in the mid-1990’s, over 3000 MPHO organizations from over 75 countries have registered with ICCBBA. 


Unlocking Opportunities with the Enterprise Grant 

Through the ICCBBA Enterprise Grant, we wish to support initiatives focused on developing organizational capacity, particularly in electronic information management and traceability of MPHO. The grant aims to support projects operating at local, national, or regional levels, especially in resource-constrained settings, to enhance organizational infrastructure with an emphasis on safety, efficiency, and traceability. This year, each applicant can now request up to a maximum award of $50,000 USD, providing even greater support for impactful projects. By fostering safer and more efficient systems, the grant seeks to raise the overall quality of transfusion or transplantation services and aligns with ICCBBA's mission to enhance patient safety through the development and maintenance of international information standards for MPHO.  


Objectives of the Enterprise Grant 

  • Building technical capacity in transfusion and/or transplantation activities for enhanced safety and efficiency. 

  • Assisting establishments in achieving reliable traceability of all managed MPHO. 

  • Enabling ICCBBA to fulfill its mission of globally enhancing patient safety through international information standards for MPHO. 

  • Organizations are encouraged to seize this opportunity to contribute to the broader goal of improving patient safety on a global scale.

Key Dates & Information 

January 1, 2024 

Application Period Opens 

February 29, 2024 

Webinar Information Session 

March 31, 2024 

Application Period Closes 

April 2024 

Recommendation from Selection Committee 

June 2024 

Announcement of Award(s), Conclude Grant Agreements, and Fund Transfer 

Eligibility Criteria & Rules 

Open exclusively to providers of MPHO transfusion and/or transplantation services that are non-profit entities, public institutions, governmental agencies. 

  • Funds must be utilized exclusively for non-commercial purposes aimed at enhancing the safe and efficient provision of MPHO transfusion and/or transplantation services. 

  • Projects focusing on improving traceability, particularly in resource-limited settings, are strongly encouraged. 

  • Projects funded by this grant are expected to be completed within 12 months of receiving approval. 

  • All applications must be submitted in English. 

  • Applicants must comply with all relevant regulations and agreements outlined in the grant guidelines. 


Application and Submission Information 

Applicants can access the required package on the ICCBBA Grant Page or by emailing iccbbagrant@isbt128.org. Applicants must carefully follow all instructions and ensure that all required documents are duly completed in English. The application must include various sections covering organization details, project management, project details, budget, and a declaration. Careful adherence to instructions is crucial. Incomplete or non-compliant applications will be ineligible. 


The Evaluation Process and Rubric Scale 

Enterprise Grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • Demonstration of Need (15 points) 

  • Description of Project/Initiative (35 points) 

  • Intended Goals and Outcomes (20 points) 

  • Alignment of Budget to Description of Work and Goals/Outcomes (10 points) 

  • Team Composition (10 points) 

  • Sustainability of the Work (10 points) 


Award Information 

Successful applicants will receive formal notification from ICCBBA via a Notice of Award (NoA) sent directly to the applicant organization's business email. Payment procedures vary based on the grant amount. Any unused funds must be returned to ICCBBA upon termination of the agreement. Grantees may request extensions in writing under specific circumstances. Grantees must provide written reports summarizing project progress within specified timeframes. 


Join ICCBBA’s Live Information Session: Unlocking Opportunities 

To learn more about the ICCBBA Enterprise Grant and gain valuable insights into the application process, watch the Live Information Session here:



During the session, participants will: 

  • Gain valuable insights into the Enterprise Grant program. 

  • Hear from a previous grant recipient about their experience and successes. 

  • Learn more about the application process and key considerations. 


Summary 

In conclusion, the Enterprise Grant initiative perfectly embodies ICCBBA's mission, creating a ripple effect that positively impacts global healthcare. As the application window opens, organizations are urged to seize this invaluable opportunity and play a vital role in advancing patient safety. ICCBBA's commitment to supporting initiatives in resource-constrained settings, especially those enhancing organizational capacity and electronic information management for MPHO traceability, underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in improving healthcare systems worldwide. Let us join hands and make a meaningful difference in patient care together. 

 

For more detailed information and application guidelines, visit the ICCBBA Grant Page and embark on a journey towards excellence in MPHO services.  


For a list of previous ICCBBA grantees, visit: ICCBBA Grants and Awards


Contact Information

For inquiries and further information regarding the Enterprise Grant, please contact ICCBBA Grants at iccbbagrant@isbt128.org


 

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About ICCBBA:   

ICCBBA is the international standards organization responsible for the management and development of the ISBT 128 Standard. 


The acronym ISBT was originally derived from the important role played by the International Society of Blood Transfusion in the development of the standard. Today it expands as Information Standard for Blood and Transplant. The number 128 reflects the 128 characters of the ISO/IEC 646 7-bit character set. 


The acronym ICCBBA is derived from the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation. 

 

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Christina Salinas

Global Development Manager, ICCBBA

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