ICCBBA is the international information standards organization responsible for the ISBT 128 Information Standard. It is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization. ICCBBA’s mission is enhancing safety for patients by managing and promoting the ISBT 128 Standard for use in transfusion and transplantation.

ICCBBA recognizes that successful implementation of the ISBT 128 Standard requires an underlying organizational infrastructure that is well developed and quality driven. ICCBBA is therefore willing to support initiatives at a national or regional level in resource limited settings that are aimed at developing such an infrastructure, particularly where such initiatives have an impact on information management or traceability. Awards are made from this fund by the ICCBBA Board of Directors and the decisions of the Board are final.

Previous initiatives that have been supported by ICCBBA include: provision of AABB Technical Manuals to blood services throughout Africa; development and implementation of the Stepwise Accreditation Program of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion; and training of assessors for the Stepwise Accreditation Program.

Funding of up to $20,000 may be awarded. Projects are generally expected to complete within one year.


Application for a financial grant can be made by professional societies or other not-for-profit organizations working in the field of transfusion/transplantation. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate the organizational infrastructure or quality benefits of the proposed activity; the mechanism for measuring progress; and the project governance structure. Regular progress reports and a final report together with financial accounts demonstrating the use of the grant funds will need to be submitted to ICCBBA for any supported projects.

ICCBBA Grant Application Form – PDF

[Application closing date: April 18, 2017]

Applications may be emailed to ICCBBAgrant@isbt128.org.