Nursing: External Funding Opportunities

External funding opportunities exist at both the Student and Faculty level. This list will continue to grow.

Faculty

 

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses: 
MSNCB Certification Research Grant; Cecelia Gaston Grindel Evidence-Based Practice Research Grant; Nursing Research Grant

MSNCB Certification Research Grants support medical-surgical nursing research conducted by beginning and experienced researchers. The topic is specialty certification and its impact on medical-surgical nursing practice and patient outcomes.  Cecelia Gaston Grindel Evidence-Based Practice Research Grants support medical-surgical nursing investigation to evaluate practice changes that have been developed using an evidence-based practice approach conducted by beginning and experienced researchers.   Nursing Research Grants support medical-surgical nursing research conducted by beginning or advanced researchers.

Funding: MSNCB Certification Research Grants, $20,000; Cecelia Gaston Grindel Evidence-Based Practice Research Grants, $5,000 to $10,000; Nursing Research Grants, $5,000 to $10,000
Applications due: June

 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Various Programs

The AHRQ mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.  Requests for Applications (RFAs) are issued to invite grant applications in a well-defined scientific area to stimulate activity in AHRQ programmatic research priority areas. A single application receipt date is specified, and the announcement identifies the amount of funds earmarked for the initiative and the number of awards likely to be funded. Applications are evaluated for responsiveness to the RFA before review. Applications received in response to a particular RFA are reviewed by an appropriate AHRQ Study Section or by a special review group.  All RFAs are published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.  Individuals may sign up for email updates regarding funding opportunities.
Funding: Varies by program
Applications due: Varies by program

 

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: 
AACN Impact Research Grant

AACN enthusiastically supports members of our community who seek evidence to support our bedside colleagues in ensuring safety and excellent care for critically ill patients and their families. The grants are designed to ensure a vital source of clinically relevant research for creating the evidence-based resources that influence high acuity critical care nursing practice. Research projects are two years in duration.  The grants will ensure the pipeline for research that is vital to AACN’s research translation resources, such as protocols and practice alerts.

These grants will also facilitate research to support other AACN priorities, such as describing the impact of family presence, influencing nurse certification and implementing standards for healthy work environments.
Funding: Up tp $50,000
Applications due: September/October

 

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: 
AACN Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant

AACN enthusiastically supports members of our community who seek evidence to support our bedside colleagues in ensuring safety and excellent care for critically ill patients and their families. This grant supports experienced nurses in conducting clearly articulated research studies.  Qualified proposals must be relevant to high acuity and critical care nursing practice and address one or more of AACN’s research priority areas. Proposals should also link with AACN’s research vision and agenda. The grant may be used to fund research for an academic degree.

Funding: Up to $10,000
Applications due: September/October

 

American Association of Nurse Practitioners: Research Grants

AANP supports nurse practitioners and the advancement of the Nursing Practitioner profession by offering grant and scholarship opportunities. 
Funding: Up to $2,500
Applications due: March

 

American Cancer Society: Research Grants Program

The American Cancer Society also offers grants that support the clinical and/or research training of health professionals (nurses, physicians and social workers). These Health Professional Training Grants promote excellence in cancer prevention and control by providing incentive and support for highly qualified individuals in outstanding training programs or responsible for training. The Society also sponsors grants in support of training for health professionals seeking to develop their clinical expertise and/or their ability to conduct independent research.
Funding: Contact the appropriate Extramural Grants Department staff person
Applications due: Contact the appropriate Extramural Grants Department staff person

 

American Nephrology Nurses Association: Evidence-Based Practice Project Grants

The American Nephrology Nurses' Association funds qualified nephrology nurses’ work to translate research into practice in support of developing evidence-based nephrology nursing practice and demonstrating the value of nephrology nursing in improving patient outcomes.  Project types eligible for funding include:

Primary Research - funding on a smaller scale as compared to the research grant award -pilot studies, and partial funding for research projects, thesis, or dissertations.

Evidence Summary - synthesis of the body of research on a topic of relevance to practice into a single, meaningful statement of the state of the science. Examples include systematic review, meta analysis, review of the literature.

Research Translation - translation of evidence into practice recommendations. Examples include clinical practice guidelines that may include clinical pathways, protocols, and algorithms.

Integration - adoption of a practice change based on evidence. This involves changing both individual and organizational practices through formal and informal channels. Examples include implementation of a clinical pathway based on evidence found in the literature, use of an evidence-based algorithm found in the literature.

Evaluation - evaluation of an EBP project already implemented in the clinical setting.

Other Projects - examples include staff development programs on topics such as evidence-based practice, learning to evaluate the research literature, how to effectively conduct a literature search, development of patient teaching materials that are evidence-based, and implementation of a journal club to introduce EBP. Consult with the Research Committee to determine appropriateness of other project ideas.
Funding: Up to $5,000
Applications due: First Proposals, August; Final Proposals, November

 

American Nephrology Nurses AssociationResearch Grants

A proposal must address the following: applicability of investigation to nephrology, transplantation, or related therapies; relationship to Nephrology Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice; sound methodology in accordance with recognized nursing research guidelines; approval by the appropriate Institutional Review Board; feasibility and likelihood of successful completion;
Funding: Up to $15,000
Applications due: First Proposals, August; Final Proposals, November

 

American Nurses Foundation: Research Grants Program

Intended to encourage the research career development of nurses by providing funds to beginner and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute toward the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care.  Supports scientific research for advancing the practice of nursing, promoting health and preventing disease.  The principal investigator must be a licensed registered nurse who has obtained at least one degree, either a baccalaureate degree or higher, in nursing. Beginning and experienced nurse researchers are encouraged to apply. However, it should be noted that some awards specify the level of researcher eligible to apply. Co-investigators may be non-nurses as long as the proposal is a nursing research project.
Funding: $5,000 to $30,000
Applications due: May

 

American Organization for Nurse Executives: Small Grants Program

The AONE Foundation’s mission is to support the research and educational priorities of AONE. The current and future health care environments inform these priorities and point to the need for change. It is anticipated that research will answer inquiries from new and non-traditional perspectives. The exploration of inadequately tested situations and environments─diversity and succession planning, in majority organizations, nurse led care delivery models in evidence based partnership with patients and families, professional interdependency─are the core of a contemporary search for understanding. Nursing leadership and health systems research contribute to the body of knowledge that informs the current and future environments. AONE Foundation Research priorities are a call to action.
Funding: Up to $10,000
Applications due: October

 

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses: Nursing Research Grants Program

The Nursing Research Grants Program is designed to support active ASPAN members seeking to conduct research that contributes to the advancement of perianesthesia nursing science and improvement in patient care.  This support may be in the form of peer review, thoughtful critique, and recommendations, as well as financial support.  The goals of the ASPAN Nursing Research Grants Program are multi-faceted and include: to promote involvement of ASPAN members in research, from the beginner to the experienced nurse researcher; to develop a scientific body of knowledge in the field of perianesthesia nursing; to support and validate the Perianesthesia Nursing Standards and Practice Recommendations; to promote evidence-based practice within perianesthesia areas; and to establish a mechanism for research utilization an dissemination.  Funding priorities are: research related to perianesthesia clinical practice; research related to perianesthesia standards; research related to perianesthesia nursing education; research related to perianesthesia patient/family education.
Funding: Beginning Nurse Researcher, $500 to $3,000; Experienced Nurse Researcher, $3,000 to $10,000
Applications due: April

 

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses: Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation Grant

The Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation (RNF) will fund projects intended to have a significant impact on rehabilitation nursing and rehabilitation nursing research.  The 2016 Call for Research Proposals sought research studies that focus on Care Transitions: the coordination or transition of care and services from one provider to another, one health care facility to another, or from a health care facility to home in a rehabilitation patient population. The current national emphasis on improving transitions of care is intended to improve patient safety and health outcomes while reducing unnecessary costs.
Funding: Up to $30,000
Applications due: March

 

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN): Research Grants

The AWHONN women's and neonatal health research priorities focus on the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge to guide clinical nursing practice.  Our program is designed primarily for researchers whose efforts are on the beginning developments of a program of research.  Awards are granted to researchers whose proposals investigate variables relevant to women's health, obstetric, or neonatal nursing.  Studies that are clinically focused and outcome based are a priority.  Projects that focus on the nurse's role in delivering cost-effective care in these subspecialties are encouraged and will also be considered.
Funding: $5,000 to $10,000
Applications due:  December

 

The Daisy Foundation: Evidence-based Practice (EBP) Grant

This program provides support for nurses who: continually evaluate their practice, seek answers to clinical questions in an effort to improve their practice, change their practice based on evidence and evaluation of that change. Evidence-based Practice (EBP) grants will be awarded to stimulate the use of patient-focused data and/or previously generated research findings to develop, implement and evaluate changes in nursing practice in treatment of patients with cancer and auto-immune diseases.
Funding: Up to $2,000
Applications due:  Letters of Intent, March

 

The Daisy Foundation: Research Grant

This program provides support for nurses who: continually evaluate their practice, seek answers to clinical questions in an effort to improve their practice, change their practice based on evidence and evaluation of that change. The Research Grant provides awards to qualified nurses carrying out clinical research studies that directly benefit patients and/or families involving treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases.
Funding: Up to $5,000
Applications due: Letters of Intent, March

 

Foundation for Neonatal Research & Education: Research Grant

The Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education offers research grant opportunities to professionally active neonatal nurses who meet the follow criteria: actively engaging in a service, research, or educational role that contributes directly to the health care of neonates or to the neonatal nursing profession. (Includes all professional neonatal nursing roles and neonatal nursing students); an active member of a professional association dedicated to enhancing neonatal nursing and the care of neonates whose mission is consistent with the mission of the Foundation for Neonatal Research and Education. Must be active member more than one year prior to applying for a grant; demonstration of ongoing professional education in neonatal nursing as demonstrated by at least 10 contact hours in neonatal content in the past 24 months. Or neonatal nurses enrolled in degree nursing programs (advanced RN to BSN) during the same time period.
Funding: Up to $5,000
Applications due: May

 

Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation: STTI/HPNF End-of-Life Nursing Care Research Grant

In 2004, Sigma Theta Tau International and HPNF partnered to offer an annual research grant, with the goal of encouraging qualified nurses’ contributions to the advancement of nursing care through research. Proposals for pilot and/or developmental research may be submitted for the grant.  Applications made through STTI website.
Funding: $10,000
Applications due: April

 

National Institute of Nursing Research: Various Programs

NINR supports clinical, basic, and translational research to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, enhance palliative and end-of-life care, and train the next generation of scientists. The Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP) serves NINR’s extramural research community and the Institute by overseeing policy and management for grants and contracts to support NINR research and training. DESP also performs other specialized functions for the Institute, such as overseeing a nationwide Research Centers program.  You can browse funding opportunities from the website.
Funding: Varies by program
Applications due: Varies by program

 

National League of Nursing: NLN Nursing Education Research Grants

The NLN Nursing Education Research Grants Program supports high-quality studies that contribute to the development of the science of nursing education. The NLN-funded grants promote diversity of research topics and support investigators who demonstrate rigor and innovative approaches to advance the field of nursing education research. All NLN research grants relate to the NLN Priorities for Research in Nursing Education.
Funding: Up to $25,000
Applications due: October

 

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation: Various Programs

A major goal of the ONS Foundation is to provide funding to support the ONS research agenda. The ONS Foundation research grant program provides financial support for two of the major goals of the ONS research agenda: (1) To increase the knowledge base for oncology nursing practice, and (2) To prepare future oncology nurse researchers. The detailed ONS Research Agenda can be found on the ONS website.  ONS Foundation provides support for:

2) Research grants up to $25,000 for investigator initiated research projects that address the ONS Research Agenda. Available annually with required Letters of Intent due August 15 and Applications due September 15 each year

3) Special topic research grants, for amounts greater than $25,000. Notification of funding opportunities is posted when funding becomes available.
Funding: Research Grants and Special Topic Research Grants, up to $25,000
Applications due: Varies by program; letters of intent required

 

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Various Programs

PCORI funds projects that answer patient-centered questions about health and health care. By highlighting comparisons and outcomes that matter, research findings are expected to inform decisions by patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders.  PCORI seeks projects that assess the benefits and harms of interventions related to preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, or palliative care or the healthcare delivery system. In most research projects that PCORI funds, researchers partner with patients and other stakeholders from the planning stages through the final dissemination of findings.  The PCORI Funding Center lists all open funding announcements, as well as upcoming and past opportunities.
Funding: Varies by program
Applications due: Varies by program

 

Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association: Nursing Research Grant

PCNA and the American Nurses Foundation have partnered to award a grant to encourage the research career development of nurses. In support of the mission of PCNA, individuals whose research is focused on cardiovascular disease prevention may apply. To be eligible, one must: be a current member or join PCNA; address the prevention of cardiovascular disease in the proposed research; and present the results at the annual meeting of PCNA within two years of completion.
Funding: $5,000
Applications due: February

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Various Programs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds a wide array of research and initiatives to help address some of America’s most pressing health challenges. In addition to opportunities presented through targeted grant programs and funding partnerships, the Foundation continually accepts brief proposals for funding of new and creative approaches to building a culture of health.  Current focus areas include Health Systems; Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight; Healthy Communities; and Health Leadership.
Funding: Varies by program
Applications due: Varies by program

 

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI): Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grants

Allocation of funds is based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant, and the applicant's research budget. Applications from novice researchers who have received no other national research funds are encouraged and will receive preference for funding, other aspects being equal. Preference will be given to Sigma Theta Tau members, other qualifications being equal. 
Funding: Up to $5,000
Applications due: December

 

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Various Programs

Please visit the Nursing Research Grants section of the STTI website for a list of grant programs.
Funding: Varies by program
Applications due: Varies by program

 

Society of Pediatric Nurses:Research and EBP Grants

The purpose of this grant is to support research studies and evidence-based practice projects (EBP) related to children and their families.  These grants are awarded to SPN members, and may include research studies or EBP projects ranging from pilot work to large, multisite studies. Student theses, dissertations, or EBP project proposals are accepted.  The proposed study or EBP project will be completed within a one year period upon receipt of the grant funds.  
Funding: $2,500
Applications due: December

Student

 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Research Dissertation Program

The AHRQ mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.  The AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36) provides dissertation grants for doctoral candidates. This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics. See also the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement.
Funding: Up to $40,000 in direct costs
Applications due: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1, annually.

 

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses: CCI Research Grant

The Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) Research Grant is for graduate students in a research-focused doctoral degree (PhD, DNS, EdD) program.  To support qualified nurses to conduct research related to perioperative nursing practice and contribute to the development of perioperative nursing science. One grant will be given for conducting of a dissertation research study that makes a significant contribution to the science of nursing required to earn a research-focused Doctoral degree (PhD, DNS, EdD).  Funds for this grant are provided jointly by the AORN Foundation and the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI).
Funding:
Applications due:

 

National League of Nursing: Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award

This award supports doctoral level research conducted by PhD or DNP students to: increase the quality and quantity of scholarly inquiry into the uses of simulation in nursing education, advance the science of nursing education, and increase the visibility of NLN-sponsored nursing education research.
Funding: Up to $2,500
Applications due: October

 

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation: Dissertation Research Grants

These grants support oncology nursing research for PhD dissertations.  Funding preference is given to research that addresses the ONS Research Priorities and/or the ONS Research Agenda.  The principal investigator must be a registered nurse (RN) actively pursuing a career in some aspect of cancer patient care, education, or research, and be a PhD student. Funding preference is given to projects that promote theoretically based oncology practice. Membership in ONS is not required for eligibility.
Funding: Up to $5,000
Applications due: Letter of Intent, August; Application, September

 

Society of Pediatric Nurses:Research and EBP Grants

The purpose of this grant is to support research studies and evidence-based practice projects (EBP) related to children and their families.  These grants are awarded to SPN members, and may include research studies or EBP projects ranging from pilot work to large, multisite studies. Student theses, dissertations, or EBP project proposals are accepted.  The proposed study or EBP project will be completed within a one year period upon receipt of the grant funds.  
Funding: $2,500
Applications due: December