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Request for submissions made for OAML research program

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories (OAML) has launched its 2010 Small Grants Program that supports non-proprietary research projects aimed at improving the efficiency or effectiveness of the delivery of laboratory services. The organization says that previously funded projects have included research into new testing methodologies, information systems and improvements to operational systems.

Individual grants to a maximum of $35,000 may be awarded to support laboratory services research, evaluation or demonstration projects in Ontario. This year the program has $70,000 to be awarded.

The organization says its program represents the commitment of Ontario’s community-based medical laboratories to ensure that Ontario’s laboratory services remain among the best in the world. Since the program began in 1997, the OAML has awarded more than $870,000 to support 37 separate research projects.

The program specifically focuses on non-proprietary projects to encourage the widest possible dissemination of research results. People working in community-based laboratories, hospitals and academic settings are encouraged to apply. Applications from graduate students working in laboratory-related fields will be considered.

Any public or private entity or any individual engaged in non-proprietary research in Ontario may apply for a grant.

A complete package of application materials is available online from the OAML at The deadline for submission of applications for the 2010 grant year is 5:00 pm, Wednesday June 30, 2010.